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Lofoten

2009

Info-Guide

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OPENING TIMES AT TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES 2009

Svolvær town square. Tel: (+47) 76 06 98 07

Symbols

OPENING times AT TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

PLACE t-info@lofoten.info

1.1.-15.5.

18.5.-6.6.

8.6.-21.6.

22.6.-9.8.

10.8.-22.8.

24.8.-31.12.

Monday - Friday

09.00-15.30

09.00-16.00

09.00-20.00

09.00-22.00

09.00-20.00

09.00-15.30

10.00-14.00

10.00-14.00

09.00-20.00

10.00-14.00

16.00-20.00

10.00-20.00

Saturday Sunday Leknes town centre. Tel: (+47) 76 05 60 70 vti@online.no

1.1.-15.5.

18.5.-13.6.

15.6.-16.8

17.8.-22.8.

24.8.-31.12.

Monday - Friday

09.00-15.30

09.00-16.00

09.00-19.00

09.00-16.00

09.00-15.30

12.00-16.00

12.00-16.00

12.00-16.00

Saturday Sunday

12.00-16.00

Ramberg. Tel: (+47) 76 09 31 10 / 76 05 22 01 Tel: (+47) 908 29 495 / 958 94 210 postmottak@flakstad.kommune.no

15.6.-31.8

Daily

09.00-19.00

Moskenesvågen, på ferjeleiet. Tel: (+47) 980 17 564 tour-off@lofoten-info.no

2.3.-30.4.

4.5.-29.5.

Monday - Friday

10.00-14.00

10.00-17.00

Daily

2.6.-18.6.

19.6.-16.8.

17.8.-31.8.

10.00-17.00

09.00-19.00

10.00-17.00

1.9.-31.9. 10.00-14.00

Værøy Town Hall. Tel: (+47) 76 05 15 00 postmottak@varoy.kommune.no

1.6.-31.8.

Monday - Friday

09.00-15.00

Røst, på ferjeleiet. Tel: (+47) 454 92 186 / 76 05 05 00 postkasse@rost.kommune.no

20.6.-20.8.

Daily

When the ferry calls.

Symbols

Index

Arctic Menu

Symbols

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Opening times at tourist information centres

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How to get there

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One of the many temptations of Northern Norway is our food. The abundant nature provides us with the best basic ingredients in the world, and these are the main ingredients of the Arctic Menu. So are our food traditions, and the joy of creating new and exotic variations of them. We look forward to welcoming you! More information on: www.arktiskmeny.no

Map

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Olavsrosa

Vågan

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Vestvågøy

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Olavsrosa –St. Olav’s Rose– is the hallmark of Norwegian Heritage. It points the way to extraordinary experiences that are rooted in the Norwegian heritage. It is awarded in accordance with a strict assessment based on the product’s cultural value, how this is being protected and how the product is made available to the public. More information on: www.olavsrosa.no

Flakstad

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Moskenes

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Værøy

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Røst

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Artscape Nordland

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Winter in Lofoten

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Hiking trails in Lofoten

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Cycling in Lofoten

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Activites

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Highway E10 is a National Tourist Route through Lofoten.

Sights and Attractions

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Transport/Where to eat

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National Tourist Routes is a nationwide project carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The Head of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration provides the authorities and framework, and the Tourist Route Office of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration manages the project. A separate, superior review board ensures that the routes become a particular tourist attraction of high quality. Separate architectural boards ensure that the features along the routes are of a high visual quality. More information on: www.turistveg.no

Hotel/Youth hostel/Guesthouse/ Camping/Cabins for rent

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The history of the Rorbu

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Rorbuer/Seahouse

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Events in Lofoten

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Advertisements

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Environmentally certified company Companies and businesses that are subject to an environmental analysis and found to meet the defined industrial requirements are certified as Eco-Lighthouses (Miljøfyrtårn). The EcoLighthouse is a public Norwegian certificate. The scheme is supported and recommended by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. More information on: www.miljofyrtarn.no

Gardsmathanen – The Farm Fare Cockerel The farm fare cockerel is a seal of quality awarded to Norwegian farm fare that is based on skill, tradition and local ingredients. The symbol is used by businesses involved in the production, sale and/or serving of farm fare that are approved by the Norwegian Rural Tourism and Farm Fare Organisation (Norsk Bygdeturisme og Gardsmat). The cockerel symbolizes care and consideration, culture and adventure. Approved businesses are marked with the Farm Fare Cockerel symbol. Read more at www.nbg-nett.no

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How to get there

How to get there Til Evenes/Narvik: There are daily flights between Oslo Airport and Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes all year round. Flight time is approx. 1.5 hours. You can also get to Narvik by train from Stockholm/Göteborg. Daily departures all year round.

From Narvik to Lofoten (from the north): LOFAST is the new ferry-free road link between Lofoten and the mainland. The drive from Evenes to Svolvær now takes less than 2.5 hours. Motorists can follow the E10 to Lofoten. There are also daily bus services from Narvik (via Evenes) to Lofoten.

To Bodø: There are daily flights between Oslo Airport and Bodø Airport all year round. Flight time is approx. 1.5 hours. You can also travel between Oslo, Trondheim, Fauske and Bodø by train. Daily departures all year round.

From Bodø to Lofoten (from the south): There are daily flights between Bodø and Lofoten all year round. Flight time is 20-30 minutes. Fly from Bodø to Røst, Leknes or Svolvær, or from Bodø to Værøy with helicopter. There are daily bus services from Bodø (via Fauske) to Svolvær all year round, with corresponding services elsewhere in Lofoten. Motorists can catch the car ferry from Bodø across to Moskenes, Værøy or Røst, or drive to Skutvik, north of Bodø, and catch the car ferry across to Skrova or Svolvær. You can also follow the E6 to Bognes and catch the ferry over to Lødingen. From there you can follow the E10 to Lofoten. There are daily express passenger boats between Bodø and Skrova/ Svolvær all year round.

The Coastal Voyage Ships (Hurtigruten): North- and southbound Coastal Voyage vessels call at Stamsund and Svolvær every day, all year round.

Car Rental / Charter Services: A number of different means of transport are available to you, whether you are travelling alone or in a group. You can rent a car, touring coach, boat, catamaran, taxi, maxi-taxi, helicopter or plane.

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When in Lofoten: When in Lofoten you can easily travel around by using public transport, a rental car or a bicycle. Enjoy the beautiful Reinefjorden on board the local passenger boat from Reine. In summer a walk from Vindstad in Reinefjorden to the white, sandy Bunesstranda beach is the perfect combination. The walk takes about an hour each way and is suitable for families. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy it on the beach. Then take the boat back to Reine in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can take a one hour round trip on the fjord. In the summer you can enjoy Lofoten on the boat between Ballstad and Nusfjord. Sailing along the traditional, coastal transport routes, this boat shuttle gives access to a unique and scenic view of Lofoten, and is also a pleasant alternative for those who do not wish to ride their bicycles through the Nappstraum tunnel (below sea level). The small express passenger boat between Holandshamn and Svolvær is perfect for those wishing to cycle in the Raftsundet area. The boat sails on Wednesdays only, from Holandshamn in the morning and from Svolvær in the afternoon. Outside the summer season the boat also calls at Skrova. If you want to travel on this boat, you must make a reservation in advance. In the summer you can also visit Raftsundet and the Trollfjord by travelling on the Coastal Voyage ships (Hurtigruten) between Stokmarknes and Svolvær, or on one of the scheduled boat trips from Svolvær. At the southern end of the Raftsundet strait you will find the beautiful island of Store Molla, which is perfect for cycling and hiking. Take the car ferry between Digermulen and Finnvik. At the northern end of the Raftsundet strait you can take the car ferry from Hanøy to Kaljord, or from Fiskebøl to Melbu. You can visit the island of SKROVA by catching the express passenger boat from Svolvær to Bodø, or the car ferry from Svolvær to Skutvik. You can visit the islands of VÆRØY and RØST by catching the car ferry from Moskenes or Bodø, or the plane from Bodø.

FOR SCHEDULES AND TRAVEL PLANNING: Information on Lofoten: www.lofoten.info Information on Nordland: www.visitnordland.no Information on Norway: www.visitnorway.com Public transport in Norway: www.rutebok.no Public transport in Nordland: www.177nordland.com

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VESTERÅLEN DISTANCES IN KILOMETRES:

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Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær Svolvær

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Moskenes* - Bodø: 226 *Skutvik – Bodø: 329 Lødingen* – Bodø: 385 *Melbu – Andenes: 184 Gullesfjordbotn - Andenes: 212 Lødingen: 99,5 Harstad: 167 Evenes Airport: 175 Narvik: 238 Kiruna: 377 Tromsø: 419

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* Ferry links Source: Google Maps

Bodø

Unstad

FERRY CONNECTIONS: Bognes – Lødingen 60 min Melbu - Fiskebøl 25 min Skutvik - Skrova - Svolvær 2 hours Bodø - Røst 4,5 - 5 hours Bodø - Værøy 3,5 - 5 hours Røst - Værøy 2 hours Værøy - Moskenes 1,5 hours Bodø - Moskenes 3 - 3,5 hours

Mærvoll

Skje

FLAKSTADØY

THE HURTIGRUTEN SHIP, TRAVELLING TIME: Bodø - Stamsund 3 h 45 min Bodø - Svolvær 6 h Stokmarknes - Svolvær 3 h Stokmarknes - Stamsund 5 h 30 min

Sto Nappskaret

Rambergstranda

Fredvang Finnbyen

Bal

MOSKENESØY

Nusfjord Sund Akkarvikodden

Hamnøy e Reine

Moskenes For information on schedules and prices, please visit: www.lofoten.info

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Moskstraumen

- National Tourist Route

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- Tourist Information Centres - Artscape Nordland

Reinehalsen Steffenakken

Sørvågen

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Skomvær

Le

Ramberg

FLIGHTS BODØ –LOFOTEN 20-30 MINUTES Bodø - Leknes Bodø - Svolvær Bodø - Røst Bodø - Værøy with helicopter

Røstlandet

Vik

Vikten

EXPRESS PASSENGER VESSELS (CATAMARAN), TRAVELLING TIME: Svolvær – Skrova - Bodø 3 h 30 min

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Narvik

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Kaljord

Melbu

Hanøy

LOFAST

AUSTVÅGØY Fiskebøl

Grunnfør

Laukvik

Gimsøy Trollfjord

Hov Eggum

Brenna

Sildpollnes Austnesfjorden

Borgvåg Torvdalshalsen

Limstrand

Finnvika

Gårdsvatnet

Alstad Borg

Store Molla

Gimsøystraumen

Svolvær

Lofotkatedralen

Lyngvær

Stor-Vågan

Kabelvåg Ørsvågvær Skrova Kalle

Rolvsfjord Storfjord

Fer ge

Henningsvær

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Hurtigbåt Bodø Express Boat

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Reine

Stamsund

Sund

Svolvær

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Å

71

42

89

92

77 119 12

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64

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35

61

27

47

82

66

69

51

24

74

39

45

70

29

57

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75

78

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14 116 21

76

65

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79

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26 156 37 116 41

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59

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49

33

Eggum

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Digermulen

Laukvik

43

Kabelvåg

84

Hov

59

Henningsvær

53

Fredvang

88

Fiskebøl

38

Borg

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Ballstad

Mortsund

Distances in kilometres. 10 km = 6,21 miles. 10 miles = 16 km.

Alstad

Mortsund lstad

Digermulen

Leknes

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VÅGØY

Hattneset

Alstad Ballstad Borg Digermulen

116 156 130

Eggum

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Fiskebøl

76 116 90

Fredvang

65

41

51 180 61 140

Henningsvær

35

75

49 100 57

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31

21

63

63

73 123 88

94 119 63 106 26 124 127

Hov

19

59

33 113 41

73

31

0

34

76

47

57 106 72

77 103 47

Kabelvåg

37

77

51

39 101 21

34

0

42

65

75 124 90

96 121 65 107

Laukvik

79 119 93

74 102 31 143 63

76

42

0

107 117 166 132 137 163 107 149 37 126 171

Leknes

28

12

14 144 25 104 36

63

47

65 107

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10

59

25

31

56

15

42

70

61

64

Mortsund

38

22

24 154 35 114 46

73

57

75 117 10

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69

35

41

66

24

52

80

71

74

Moskenesvåg

88

64

74 203 84 163 29 123 106 124 166 59

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0

46

29

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74

23 129

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53

29

39 169 50 129 23

88

72

90 132 25

35

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43

40

29

48

51

Ramberg

59

35

45 174 55 134

94

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96 137 31

41

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26

46

12 101 31

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Reine

84

61

70 200 81 160 26 119 103 121 163 56

66

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43

26

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72

20 126

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Stamsund

43

27

29 144 40 104 51

65 107 15

24

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57

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77

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Sund

71

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57 186 67 146 12 106 89 107 149 42

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Svolvær

42

82

56

80 129 95 101 126 70 112

Sørvågen

89

66

75 205 86 165 31 124 108 126 168 61

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Å

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11 139 43

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100 83 101 143 36

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34 106 26

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Vågan

Svolvær © Geir Rune Holm

The borough of Vågan includes almost all of the island of Austvågøy, together with Gimsøy and a number of smaller islands, among them Henningsvær and Skrova. A small part of the island of Hinnøya also belongs to Vågan. Svolvær is the ”capital” of Lofoten, and an important hub for the entire region. The city is also the major gateway to Lofoten for the steadily increasing tourist traffic. Service industries are well developed, including both private and public services. The biggest newspaper in the area, Lofotposten, is published in Svolvær. There are many primary and secondary schools and several colleges of further education. In Kabelvåg, you will find the art and film college (Nordland kunst- og filmskole) as well as Lofoten Folk High School. The borough’s vibrant cultural life includes choirs and bands, revue groups and a number of other activities. The North Norwegian Artists’ Centre (Nordnorsk Kunstnersentrum ) is located in Svolvær, and 75% of all professional artists in Lofoten and Vesterålen live in Vågan. The Lofoten International Art Festival is arranged here every other year. A wide range of sports, an indoor sports hall, skiing slopes, floodlit ski trails, wonderful walking and touring terrain and considerable boating activity, are all part of the range of leisure activities available to the local inhabitants.

had Lofoten’s first church built in Kabelvåg. Later, in around 1120, he also had “rorbu” cabins built for the fishermen. A commemorative statue of him can be seen on the heights overlooking Kabelvåg town centre. Vågan Church, referred to as “Lofoten Cathedral” can also be found in Kabelvåg. It was built in 1898 and can accommodate up to 1200 people. The village square is the heart of Kabelvåg and helps create a pleasant atmosphere around the harbour. Visit the gallery of artists Thor Erdal and Inger Anne Nyaas near the town square.

Public transport

Vestfjord, and is also known for the best views of the Lofoten Wall. Skrova has the least rainfall in the entire region, and the longest hours of sunshine. It also offers the most unique facilities in Lofoten when it comes to photography. Furthermore, Skrova offers art galleries, overnight accommodations, places to eat, sea fishing and good walking country. From Mount Skrovafjellet, 282 metres asl, there are superb views of Hamarøy, Landegode, the Lofoten Wall and all the way to Værøy. With its population of around 230, Skrova has been a centre for fisheries and whaling for many decades. This authentic fishing village offers visitors the chance to relax in peaceful surroundings. Daily connections to Skutvik, Bodø and Svolvær. The community of Skrova and the surrounding islands are well worth a visit.

There are daily flights from Svolvær to the other air fields in the area and to the main airport in Bodø. Svolvær is daily port of call for the northbound and southbound Coastal Voyage ships (Hurtigruten). There are also express boat service to Bodø and a car ferry service to Skutvik and the E6. Vesterålen can be reached on the car ferry between Fiskebøl and Melbu. There are regular bus services to and from Svolvær, and car ferries and express boats to Skrova. A car ferry service is also in operation between Store Molla and Digermulen. LOFAST, the ferry-free road link with the mainland in the north, was opened on December 1, 2007.

Description of the Borough Svolvær: Svolvær became a transit harbour in 1918, was awarded city

status on 17 May 1996, has a population today of about 4,290 people, and is one of North Norway’s most important harbours when it comes to maritime services. The crag known as Svolværgeita, ”the Svolvær Goat”, is the town’s most characteristic feature, representing a welcome challenge to climbers. The peak was climbed for the first time in 1910. The painter Gunnar Berg from Svolvær painted many pictures from Lofoten, the most famous of which, ”The Battle of Trollfjord” can be seen in the Gunnar Berg Gallery. Other art galleries include the North Norwegian Artists’ Centre, Gallery Dagfinn Bakke and Lofoten Theme Gallery. The Lofoten War Memorial Museum recounts the role of the Lofoten Islands during World War II. Unique ice sculptures are displayed at Magic Ice, adjacent to the Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten) docks. Svolvær represents the exciting atmosphere of a bustling harbour, a small town and an artists’ environment all at once.

Storvågan:Historical area with roots dating back to the year 900. In

the Middle Ages this was the most densely populated area in Northern Norway due to the Lofoten fisheries. From Storvågan, all fish was transported out of the region for further export to the continent. Today, Storvågan is the location of the Lofoten Museum, the Lofoten Aquarium and Gallery Espolin Johnson, all of which are excellent attractions.

Henningsvær: Dubbed the “The Venice of Lofoten”, Henningsvær is one of the archipelago’s most important fishing villages, and has a population of about 470 people. Lofoten House Gallery (Galleri Lofotens Hus) is a popular tourist attraction there. In addition to paintings by Karl Erik Harr, it houses a collection of paintings by other well-known 19th and 20th century Nordland artists. There is also an exhibition of photographs taken in Lofoten at around the turn of the 19th century by the wellknown photographer, Wilse. In Henningsvær there are also a number of interesting workshops and sales outlets for glassware and ceramics as well as a candlemaker’s workshop in the Engelskmannsbrygga (Englishman’s Hamlet). Skrova: With its wonderful sandy beaches this island is a pearl in the

Digermulen and Raftsundet: The community of Digermulen, with the Keiservarden peak, is situated by the entrance to the Raftsundet strait. There are organized trips from Svolvær to these beautiful natural surroundings, and to the Trollfjord, several times a day during the summer. Turn off the E10 near Fiskebøl. This is also an excellent area for cycling.

Laukvik is situated on the north-western coast of Lofoten and offers

fantastic views of the ocean and the midnight sun. About 430 people live there, and the main sources of income are fishing and agriculture. A range of accommodation is available there, and the surrounding area is a good starting point for walks to places like Mount Matmora. There is also a small museum in Laukvik.

Gimsøy - Hov is an area on the north-western coast of Lofoten offering

fantastic views of the ocean and the midnight sun. Hov is one of the oldest inhabited places in the Lofoten Islands, and as such contains a wealth of ancient monuments including burial mounds and landing places for boats that date back as early as the Stone Age and Iron Age. Lofoten Golf Links has been established in the same spectacular setting . At present, it is a 9-hole course situated right on Area: 477 km2 the seashore.

Kabelvåg: This was the most important fishing village in Lofoten during

the last century. Kabelvåg forms part of the borough’s cultural history reserve and has some very interesting architecture. Today’s population is approximately 1,920 people. Around the year 1103, King Øystein

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Population: 8.957 Centre of Municipal Administration: Svolvær Telephone: +47 75 42 00 00 www.vagan.kommune.no

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Vestvågøy Haukland © Terje Rakke/Lofoten Vinter

Vestvågøy offers great countryside for hiking, and the landscape between the rounded mountaintops stretches out to form a wide valley, and one of the county of Nordland’s most important agricultural areas. The local school system ranges from primary school level to colleges of further education . There is a wealth of cultural activity in the borough including the theatre group Teater NOR, the Nordland Puppet Theatre, the Children’s School of Culture, the School Brass Band, choirs, folk dance groups and several sports clubs. There are also swimming pools and sports halls, a central stadium, a ski jump and a downhill slope, in addition to illuminated skiing trails and first class rambling terrain, providing the opportunity of activity all year round.

Public transport There are daily flights between Leknes, Svolvær and Bodø, And the Coastal Voyage ships (Hurtigruten) call at Stamsund every day. There is also a car ferry between Moskenes and Bodø in the south, and a ferryfree road link (E10) with the mainland in the north.

Business Fishing and agriculture are the main sources of income in the borough. Lofoten Trålrederi (a trawler company) and Aker Seafoods are based in Stamsund. A national survey has confirmed that the best lamb in the country comes from Lofoten. Other important trades include service/ commerce and tourism. The fishing fleet also contributes towards the employment of a significant number of people in the maritime engineering industry.

Description of the Borough Ballstad: Approx. 1,100 inhabitants, one of the largest fishing villages

in Lofoten. Here you will find a cod-liver oil factory, a boatyard decorated with the world’s largest mural, an art gallery, cafés, restaurants, and several places where you can hire fishermen’s cabins (rorbu) for overnight accommodation. Ballstad was one of the first communities to provide this kind of accommodation.

Gravdal: Approx. 1,600 inhabitants, one of the largest villages in

Vestvågøy. Lofoten Hospital and the Nordland College of Fisheries are situated here. Buksnes Church, built in dragon style in 1905, is also worth a visit.

Leknes: The centre of municipal administration and trade, with a population of about 2,650 people and well-developed services, including hotels, cafés, restaurants, auto repair shops, specialist shops, a pharmacy, bakery, cinema and swimming pool. The newspaper “Lofot-Tidende” is published here twice a week.

Vik/Haukland: Marvellous white beaches; excellent spots from which to watch the Midnight Sun, and a popular place for outings among both local residents and tourists.

Area: 422 km2 Population: 10.702 Centre of Municipal Administration: Leknes Telephone: +47 76 05 60 00 www.vestvagoy.kommune.no

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Unstad: A mountain viewpoint and photo spot. The houses

here are grouped together as they would have been in the Middle Ages. Great trails and scope for hiking. A tunnel leading to the village was opened in autumn 1995. Excellent conditions for surfers.

Borg: “Lofotr Viking Museum”. The biggest Viking Age

chieftain’s homestead in Scandinavia has been excavated at Borg and a full-scale replica of the chieftain’s house has been reconstructed. If you have time, you can go down to the bay and take a look at ”Lofotr”, the Viking ship, and the authentic boathouse replica. The King’s Stone, signed during the royal couple’s visit to North Norway in summer 1992, is also found there.

Eggum: The houses here are grouped together as they would have

been in the Middle Ages, and are attractively situated at the foot of tall mountains. Beautiful pebble beach and Midnight Sun viewpoint . ”Borga”, the fortification built in stone during WW II, was one of the first German radar stations in northern Europe. Good starting point for hikes.

Mortsund: An active fishing village with several fish farms. The most modern cod-liver oil factory in Northern Norway. Salmon farming. Trail to Mount Middagstinden. Abundant bird life. Stamsund: Approx. 1,500 inhabitants. One of the most important

fishing villages in western Lofoten. Handicraft shops and Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten) docks. Stamsund Sports Club runs the best alpine skiing resort in Lofoten. An artists’ studio and “Galleri 2” are situated approx. 100 m from the Coastal Voyage docks. A theatre festival is arranged here every summer.

Holsøyene: The inner Buksnesfjord area holds a wealth of ancient cultural monuments, including the remains of boathouses from the late Iron Age and burial sites from the early Iron Age. Farthest to the north here, we find Hol Church, a parish since the Middle Ages with a church that dates back to 1806. The church path that leads down to the sea in the south is a cultural monument from more recent times, but it probably followed the same route in the Middle Ages. Among the five prehistoric boathouse sites found in the area, we find one which is no less than 43 metres in length. It is Norway’s biggest boathouse site and has most likely housed a so-called “Leidang” ship. There are altogether about 80 burial mounds, some of which have proven to be of ancient Sámi origin. Vestvågøy Museum: At the Fygle branch, there is a fine collection of approx. 2,000 exhibits. At Skaftnes (Sennesvik), the collection further consists of a farm house from 1860, a quayside warehouse, a large boathouse and a forge. There are also some remains of Stone Age settlement at Sversvika. Borge Church: Consecrated in 1987, this church has room for 700 people and is often used for concerts. The church is well known for its distinctive architecture and excellent acoustics

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Flakstad

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The borough of Flakstad consists of the island of Flakstadøy and the northern part of Moskenesøy. The origin of the borough’s name, Flakstad, is unclear, and may be derived from the word “flag”, meaning “cliff”. An older name for the island was “Vargfot”, meaning “wolf’s paw”. The E10, also known as “King Olav V’s Road”, passes through Flakstad on its way to Å. Most of the people in Flakstad live along the far side of Lofoten, facing the ocean, in fishing villages such as Ramberg and Fredvang. Overlooking the Vestfjord we find Sund, Skjelfjord, Nesland and Nusfjord. The largest shore zone and farmland areas in Flakstad are found at Fredvang, on the northern tip of Moskenesøy Island, at Vareid and in the area around Flakstad Church. The local tourist information centre is situated in the village of Ramberg. The borough is divided into two by the rapid Sundstraumen strait, which is narrowest at Strømsnes, where the distance between the islands of Moskenesøy and Flakstadøy is just enough for two fishing vessels to pass one another. At the municipal centre of Ramberg, there is a library, a supermarket, a petrol station and a garage. Furthermore, the borough offers good schools and services. There are places to eat in Ramberg that are open all year round, and in the summer there are also places to eat at Fredvang, Sund, Vikten and in Nusfjord.

Public transport The distance from Ramberg to the nearest airport at Leknes is 33 km. Stamsund, the nearest port of call for the Coastal Voyage ships (Hurtigruten) is 49 km away. There are car ferries to Bodø, Værøy and Røst from Moskenes, which is about 30 km from Ramberg.

Trade and Industry Fishing and agriculture are the main sources of income in the borough. Fish is landed at Fredvang, Nusfjord, Napp, Ramberg and Sund. At Vikten, Ramberg and Sund, there are also well-established arts and crafts centres. The Blacksmith in Sund, probably has the largest number of visitors, together with the glassblower’s workshop at Vikten. With between 20,000 and 30,000 visitors during the summer, these are among Lofoten’s most popular attractions.

Description of the Borough There are remnants of Stone Age settlement in Flakstad. Nusfjord and Sund have been referred to as fishing villages in documents dating back to the 16th century. The Church and the King were major landowners, but during the 19th century most of the King’s land was sold to private parties, and the system involving landowners (squires) in the fishing villages came into existence. When this system crumbled, new, modern fishing villages emerged.

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Ramberg: The centre of municipal administration is located by a wonderful white sandy beach facing the Norwegian Sea. Just outside the village we find the beautiful Flakstad Church, built of wood in 1780, with its characteristic onion-shaped dome. The altarpiece is older than the church, and the pulpit was painted by the master painter from Bergen, Godtfred Ezechiel. Nusfjord: Flakstad’s most famous fishing village. During European Architecture Conservation Year in 1975, Nusfjord was chosen as one of three pilot projects for the preservation of traditional construction methods in Norway. Here you will find an agglomeration of fishermen’s cabins (rorbu), some of which are inhabited by fishermen during the winter season and used by tourists in the summer. Michele Sarno’s silversmith’s workshop “Krismar Sølvsmie” is also found here. Vikten:Here you will find the glassblower’s cabin and Åse’s ceramics tower, both popular tourist attractions where handmade products are sold. There is a pebble beach there facing the open sea. Napp: A modern fishing village. The Flakstadstien trail starts here, a signposted footpath leading from Napp, past Storbåthallaren cave, a well-known Stone Age settlement, to the abandoned farming and fishing hamlet of Østre Nesland. Sund: Old fishing hamlet. There is a fisheries museum there with a separate section for boat engines that can be started. Home of the Blacksmith in Sund, famous for his handmade cormorants. Østre Nesland: An abandoned fishing and farming community with well preserved production buildings: a farm mill, cookhouse, boathouse, salmon smokehouse etc. On the way to Nesland you will pass Skjelfjord, which was a port of refuge for British warships after the Battle of Narvik in 1940. Fredvang: This fishing village, situated on the northern part of the island of Moskenesøy, is the point of departure for hiking trails leading to the far side of the island (Yttersida). In the area around Fredvang there are picnic spots, cabins for daytime hikers, and the village association’s cabin with overnight accommodation facilities. The ”Draugen Festival” takes place here in July. Mølnarodden: Easy access to hiking trails near Solbjørnvatnet lake.

Area: 180 km2 Population: 1.438 Centre of Municipal Administration: Ramberg Telephone: +47 76 05 22 01 www.flakstad.kommune.no

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The borough of Moskenes covers the southern part of the island of Moskenesøy, where the landscape has been sculpted by glaciers and other elemental forces that have turned it into one of the wildest and most fascinating spots in Norway. Mount Hermannsdalstind, with an altitude of 1029 metres, is the highest mountain in Western Lofoten. There is a large number of mountain lakes to fish in. The landscape is characterised by sheer mountains and a narrow shoreline, and has some of the oldest rocks in Europe, approximately 3 billion years old. There was settlement on the far side of the island, overlooking the mighty ocean, up until the 1950s. Today, settlement is concentrated on the inner coast, where there are good harbour conditions for the fishing fleet, cargo vessels and pleasure boats. Services in the borough are well-developed and include grocery shops, a bank, post office services, kiosks, restaurants, cafés and a petrol station. There is also a primary and secondary school. There are many cultural activities in Moskenes, including a music and culture school, a library, art galleries, and numerous societies and organizations. Public transport There are car ferries to Bodø, Værøy and Røst. The E10 connects Moskenes with the central and eastern parts of Lofoten. There are regular bus services to Leknes, Stamsund and Svolvær. Distance to the nearest airport, Leknes: 55 km. Distance to the nearest port of call for the Coastal Voyage ships, Stamsund: 70 km. Trade and Industry Fisheries have been, and still are, essential for habitation in Moskenes. Moskenes is one of the most fisheries dependent boroughs in Norway. In recent years, however, tourism has gained increasing importance. Description of the Borough In Moskenes, the fishing villages appear one after the other like pearls on a string. In places like Hamnøy, Sakrisøy, Reine, Moskenes, Sørvågen, Tind and Å, much can be learnt about everyday life in a fishing village. You can also follow the example of many visitors, and rent a fisherman’s cabin (rorbu), spending your holiday in an authentic and lively environment. Moskenes Island has plenty to offer those seeking an encounter with the elements. A boat trip by way of the Maelstrom, characterized as one of the fiercest - and possibly the most dangerous - ocean currents in the world, brings us to the far side of Lofoten. Here we find traces of settlement dating thousands of years back in time. The gigantic Kollhellaren Cave in Refsvika is a coastal cavern with approximately 3,000 year old cave paintings. There are organised boat trips and fishing trips in the Maelstrom in summer, together with visits to the cave in Refsvika, in the company of authorised guides. Fishing boat trips are also available, providing insight into the professional life of the fishermen: ”Fisherman for a day”. Back on the inner coast, you might want to take a trip on the Reinefjord. There is a scheduled boat service from Reine to one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, where you can have a pleasant

Area: 118.6 km2 Population: 1.128 Centre of Municipal Administration: Reine Telephone: +47 76 05 31 00 www.moskenes.kommune.no

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walk when you go ashore. In the centre of Reine you will find a popular glass shop and fresh fish shop. Reine is also the home and workplace of the versatile artist Jan F. Wanggaard. In 2007, a new culture centre was opened in the building that previously housed Reine School. The artist Eva Harr now has her own gallery there, and Frank A Jenssen’s well-known multimedia show is also screened at the centre. Moskenes Council’s contribution to “Artscape Nordland”, the sculpture “Laurel leaves in Moskenes”, by Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias, is situated in Akkarvika near Hamnøy. Not far from the former mansion in Moskenes there is also a sculpture in memory of Tennes-Kaspara, the last person to be beheaded in Moskenes. Gallery Krysset, a private art gallery, and the Norwegian Telecom Museum, are located in Sørvågen. Moskenes is known for its fantastic walking country, both in the mountains and in any of the small, long-established fishing villages. A two hour hike from Sørvågen, along a signposted and marked rambler’s trail, will lead you to the Lofoten Mountain Touring Association’s ramblers’ cabin, “Munkebu” (DNT). At the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum in Å, you can gain insight into the activities of a genuine, traditional fishing village. For 200 years, the museum’s buildings have served their own different purposes in the old village. In the boathouse, cod-liver oil factory, forge, bakery and fishermen’s cabin (rorbua), visitors can learn about the Lofoten fishery, stockfish and cod-liver oil production, as well as local beliefs and superstitions about the sea monster “Draugen” and the Maelstrom. The forge and the bakery are in operation throughout the summer. The museum also produces and sells its own cod-liver oil. Not far away we also find Lofoten Stockfish Museum, dedicated to the history of the production and sale of Norway’s oldest export commodity, dried fish. With the help of extensive exhibitions, guided tours and video films in several languages, visitors can learn all about this historic industry. On the island of Sakrisøya, we find Dagmar’s Doll and Toy Museum - a place for the whole family, and the first of its kind in Norway, opened in 1992. There is a second-hand shop there, too. On the other side of the road is Anita’s Sjømatbutikk (Anita’s Seafood Shop), selling a wide range of fresh, smoked and dried fish. Historical events 1906: Northern Europe’s first wireless telegraph station was opened in Sørvågen. The Norwegian Telecom Museum has been established in Sørvågen to present the unique history of local telecommunications. 1928: Northern Europe’s first radio telephony station was opened in Sørvågen. As part of a broadcasting experiment, the service at Moskenes Church was transmitted to a radio receiver on 12 February 1929. 1941: The Reine Raid is carried out by Norwegian and British commandos. 1963: King Olav opens the Lofoten Road. The King goes ashore at Å and lays down a commemorative plaque at Hamnøy. 1992: ”King Olav’s Road”, the E10 from Å to the national border.

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Værøy

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Værøy, the penultimate island in the Lofoten archipelago, has every feature typical of Lofoten all in one place: midnight sun, white sandy beaches, seabird colonies, and an historic but still active fishing village. The Værøy mountains differ from those in the rest of Lofoten. Although just as steep, they are easier to ascend, offering wonderful views in all directions after little more than a brisk walk. To the east and south of the mountains lies Sørland, the island’s municipal centre. On the northern side of the island are Old Værøy Church and the Vicarage. The midnight sun, from 30 May to 13 July, can be seen at its best out there where the path to Måstad begins. Over 80 % of jobs in Værøy have some connection with the fisheries. In Lofoten, cod is caught in winter, Greenland halibut and saithe in summer, and herring in autumn. The climate on Værøy, with its mild winters and cool summers, is perfect for producing stockfish (dried fish). Italy and Spain are the most important markets for this product, and as a result of this trade down through the centuries, Værøy has been twinned with Venice. The per capita value of fish exports from Værøy is approximately NOK 650,000.

Attractions Seabird colonies. In the old days, the great cliffside seabird colonies on the far side of Værøy’s Måstad peninsula were an important and necessary food resource for the islanders. Måstad. 150 people used to live in Måstad, but with no roads and poor harbour facilities, the settlement was eventually abandoned. Going ashore at Måstad is frequently combined with fishing trips or an expedition by boat to the seabird colonies. Puffin dogs (Lundehund). Puffins were hunted using specially trained “lundehund” or puffin dogs. All the remaining puffin dogs in Norway can trace their roots back to Måstad on Værøy Eagle hunters’ hides. In the days when there was a bounty on eagles, the birds were caught by the islanders using only their bare hands. Lying concealed in mountain hides, the hunters would lure the eagles with bait and then catch them alive.

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The Maelstrom (Moskstraumen) The trip from Moskenes to Værøy takes you across one of the world’s fiercest ocean currents, the Maelstrom, which inspired both Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne in their writings. Old Værøy Church Church with its black, onion-shaped dome, is the oldest church in Lofoten, built in about 1740 and moved to Værøy in 1799. The carved alabaster altarpiece figures are English and date back to about 1430.

Activities Visitors to Værøy will find a range of activities for their enjoyment, some of which are seasonal. In the summer, weather permitting, trips to the seabird colonies and fishing grounds are arranged. The area around Værøy is perfect for kayaking and diving, and the mountain walking trails offer wonderful scenic views.

Transport The world’s northernmost helicopter service runs daily between Værøy and Bodø. Car ferry service: Bodø– Moskenes– Værøy- Røst.

Art and Culture Cultural life is rich in Værøy, and includes the largest male voice choir in the Lofoten Islands. The Sjyrock Music Festival is an annual event. Værøy is an exciting meeting place for a variety of artistic and cultural offerings. The island has inspired many artists over the years, including the famous Norwegian painter, Theodor Kittelsen. There are several art galleries and sales outlets on the island.

Accommodation Værøy offers a variety of overnight accommodations, including rorbu cabins, camping cabins, quayside rooms and a motel.

Services In Sørland there are shops with cash machines and post office services, a bank, petrol station, fish landing facility, garage, cafés, a pub, municipal administration offices, a library, a doctor’s surgery and a health visitor.

Sanden. A beautiful and unusual sandy beach, with caves containing paintings that are over 3,000 years old. Mollbakken. . Mollbakken in Nordland is a large pebble beach at the old sea level. A large number of finds from the Viking age have been made here.

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Area: 17,5 km2 Population: 747 Centre of Municipal Administration: Sørland Telephone: +47 76 05 15 00 www.varoy.kommune.no

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Røst © Solveig Helland

Outermost in the Lofoten archipelago, about 100 km to the west of Bodø and 115 km to the north of the Arctic Circle, we find Røst with its 365 islands, isles and skerries. The largest of them, it’s highest point barely 12 m above sea level, is Røstlandet. Further south, the islands of Storfjellet, Vedøya, Trenyken and Hærnyken loom like gigantic monuments in the water. The entire population of the municipality is found on Røstlandet and a couple of lesser islands to which it is connected by roads. Here, too, we find the municipal administration offices, church, primary and secondary school, kindergarten, shops with post office facilities, restaurants, hotels, airport, and fisheries warehouses.

Trade and Industry The sea and the Gulf Stream shape the climate on Røst. Mild winters and cool summers coupled with relentless winds make the climate ideal for the production of the island’s most important export commodity, stockfish. From January to April large amounts of cod are brought ashore and hung out on fish racks, to be processed by the weather and turned into first class products. Røst is more dependent on fish than most other municipalities in the country, not many of which produce export articles for larger sums per inhabitant than Røst.

Public Transport There are daily flights between Bodø and Røst with corresponding transport to and from Bodø. There is also a car ferry to Bodø, Værøy and Moskenes. The direct crossing from Bodø to Røst takes about 4.5 hours on the ferry and 20 minutes by air.

Description of the Borough The scenery on Røstlandet, covered as it is by flat pastures, marshes and innumerable lakes and ponds, contrasts sharply with the towering, steep bird cliffs that rise out of the sea towards the southwest. Nowhere else in Norway will you find as many nesting sea birds as on these islands.

The Church Ruins The church itself was consecrated in May 1839 by bishop Kierschow. It was constructed along lines laid down by architect Lindstow as the standard for country churches, but is presumed to have been the only one of its kind to be built of stone, as protection against

Area: 11 km2 Population: 618 Centre of Municipal Administration: Røstlandet Telephone: + 47 76 05 05 00 www.rost.kommune.no

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storms. It was in use until 1900, when it was considered too small and was demolished the year after by Royal decree.

Art/Culture/History Røst, and in particular Skomvær Lighthouse, the final outpost overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, has long been a source of inspiration and a favoured destination among artists and writers. The clergyman-poet Petter Dass described Røst in his poems, and Thorolf Holmboe wrote “The Cormorants of Røst.” The Legend of the cormorants of Utrøst and the fairy tale world that according to tradition is to be found out at sea off Skomvær Lighthouse, is also well known. Pictorial artist Theodor Kittelsen lived at Skomvær Lighthouse for almost two years in the late 1880’s, publishing his accounts in the form of both drawings and writings. Karl Erik Harr has also illustrated the fairy tale of “The Cormorants of Utrøst” and his illustrations are on permanent display at Røst School. Many of famous Norwegian artist Kaare Espolin Johnson’s best known motifs are from Røst.

Pietro Querini Querini was a Venetian nobleman, shipwrecked in the North Sea during the early winter of 1431, while on a voyage from Crete to Flanders. One of the lifeboats with survivors from the wreck drifted ashore on the uninhabited island of Sandøy, just off Røst. The survivors were found in a very poor state of health in January 1432. They stayed on till spring, and then left on ships carrying stockfish. The Italians’ narratives of conditions on Røst at the time is one of the most important accounts we have about the lives of ordinary people in Northern Norway during the Middle Ages. A monument to commemorate Querini and his companions was unveiled on Sandøy on 10 July 1932.

Bird Nesting Colonies The steep and towering islands southwest of the populated island of Røstlandet, are ”home” for the largest number of nesting birds across Norway, - with approximately a quarter of the country’s seabird population. A survey made in 1992 shows a population of 2.5 million adult birds. During the summer, there are daily boat trips to the nesting colonies. On the island of Vedøya, you can see the remnants of early settlement, showing that the island was probably an old fishing and hunting station. Bird lovers and scientists, both at home and abroad, regularly visit these ornithologically important islands. Moreover, a book about the birds of Røst has been published in Norwegian, English, German and French.

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Artscape Nordland

Artscape Nordland

Røst

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The underlying idea of this project is that a work of art, by its presence creates a place of its own. The sculpture also visualizes its surroundings, thus giving the place a new dimension. Artscape Nordland has also given rise to a wideranging and important debate on contemporary art in the region. See: http://skulpturlandskap.no/

RØST Title: The Nest. The height of the column fragments 25 cm, diameter 85 cm, the diameter of the eggs 25 cm. Artist: Luciano Fabro, Italy. Luciano Fabro says that the sculpture The Nest is a monument made for birds. The site of the sculpture on an island where migrating birds nest creates this meaning. The forms of the sculpture are derived both from nature and from culture. The eggs mark the beginning of a life, while the classical forms of the columns tell of bygone splendors. Location: The bird island Vedøya.

MOSKENES Title: Laurel Leaves - Moskenes. Two aluminium wall reliefs 273 x 266 and 312 x 266 cm. Artist: Cristina Iglesias, Spain. Laurel Leaves - Moskenes is a re-marking of a natural site, an entrance to the naturally formed Devil´s Churn. The artist has placed a relief wall on both sides of the entrance, thus wishing to signify its mystery and its value. The recreation of the site as a work of art is about the human will to make things beautiful. The idea of beauty here is derived from the patterns of nature, the shapes and forms that by repetition form «a landscape within a landscape» as the artist has said, or, one could add, «a patterned field within the fields of vegetation». Location: Between the E10 and the fiord, 2 km north of Hamnøy.

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FLAKSTAD Title: Epitaph.Material: Natural rocks. Height: 5 m Diameter: 8.5 m. Shape: Cylindrical Artist: Toshikatsu Endo, Japan. Endo often uses the circle as a basis for his sculptures. As a symbol, it expresses eternal and inherent orderliness in a concept of time that is circular as opposed to the linear conception of time that we are used to in the western wayof thinking. Location: Just off the road to Skjelfjord, approx. 2 km from Ramberg.

VESTVÅGØY Title: Head. Iron and granite. Height 178 cm. Artist: Markus Raetz, Switzerland. Markus Raetz’s art is about seeing, about how we observe the things around us.We are shown surprices, and reminded that they can be experienced even in other situations in our life, if we pay attention. The sculpture on Eggum changes its form - and thus also its content 16 times as the viewer walks around the sculpture. From one viewing angle, it looks like a classical portrait, and from another the head is seen upside down. Location: About 2 km beyond the village Eggum.

VÅGAN Untitled. Glass and steel. Height: 2,5 m. Artist: Dan Graham, USA. What role does the onlooker play in his encounter with the work of modern art? Graham’s solution to this question explicitly involves the actual sculptural structure itself. In his pavilions, with their walls of glass and mirrors, the onlooker becomes aware of both his physical position and the relationship between this and the sculptur’s transparent and reflective walls, while simuntaneously seeing himself in the same environment as that which surrounds the work of art itself. Location: At E10 near the old ferry-quai at Lyngvær.

www.artscape.no Lofoten – Enjoy Nature at its best! We would like you and your children to enjoy your next stay in Lofoten just as much as you did this one! By following a few simple guidelines, you will help us to achieve this goal. • Make use of the natural resources without damaging or polluting them. Avoid using motor vehicles whenever possible. You will be far closer to Nature on foot, on a bike or in a boat! Please note that certain places may be overtly subject to wear and tear – even though Lofoten is green and luxuriant, the natural surroundings are vulnerable and growth conditions are often only marginal. Please do not drive on the grass! If you are camping in a tent, caravan or mobile home, we kindly request that you stay at the proper camp sites.

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• The Right of Way allows you to move freely through open countryside, but you must show consideration to plants and animals, and especially to nesting birds. If you suspect that any kind of environmental crimes are being committed, please do not hesitate to report this to the local tourist information centre, the police or any other relevant body! • Choose environmentally friendly merchandise and overnight accommodations that focus on the environment. • We recommend you to visit some of our many natural and cultural attractions. By learning about Lofoten you will enrich yourself, and your knowledge will lead to a better understanding of the state of resources and the local way of life. • We thank you for your help and consideration, and wish you welcome back to Lofoten!

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Winter in Lofoten

Winter in Lofoten

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Many people associate Lofoten with the Midnight Sun, idyllic summers and visitors from all the corners of the world. However, if you want to experience the tough, genuine and original life of the many fishing villages, you should visit Lofoten outside of the hectic summer season! Every autumn the herring and killer whales swim up the Tysfjord and Vestfjord to spend the winter here. From midOctober until mid-January, killer whale safaris set out from Lofoten in a large passenger boat and rubber dinghies. You will become part of a natural phenomenon as you study these enormous animals up close. An experience of several tonnes!

One of the world’s largest seasonal fisheries takes place in Lofoten. From mid-February until the end of April, Lofoten is full of life. The arctic cod swims from the vast, nutritious areas of the Barents Sea in its millions, en route to the spawning grounds near Lofoten in order to continue the species. Professional fishermen from the entire coast of Norway participate in this event. You can learn more about Lofoten in a historical perspective, for better or for worse, in the museums that describe the everyday life of traditional fishermen and farmers, and in the galleries, where artists have been inspired by this challenging way of life.

Go ocean rafting in Lofoten! The open sea, steep mountains, narrow straits and luscious islets. Changing light and crystalclear water. An experience you will never forget and one that will make your hair stand on end even if you don’t have any! The rubber dinghies are extremely robust and will carry you to new adventures.

Come out to sea and try your luck at fishing! Experience the atmosphere and the excitement at the fishing area. One thing is certain; you won’t be bored with the scenery while you are waiting for the fish to bite! You might see a flock of sea eagles waiting for some fresh food. Or the steep Lofoten Mountains that plunge straight down into Vestfjord.

The coastal currents pump the clear water from the Atlantic Ocean through and past the numerous islands. The characteristic marine life and the excellent view are due to the location – far out to sea and far north. In the currents and on the cliff walls you will find blankets of soft corals that filter the nutritious water. Cracks and crevices are encompassed by swaying tangle, like endless forests down towards the bright, white coral sand. Down here the catfish waits, and here they are found in abundance. Diving or snorkelling in Lofoten is an experience of a lifetime! The arctic, crystal-clear water provides you with a unique opportunity to discover life beneath the surface.

The weather in Lofoten changes rapidly in winter. These swift changes provide us with a magnificent light that has inspired artists and drawn them to this area for several decades. The result of having Lofoten as your source of inspiration is evident in the many art galleries and photo exhibitions, as well as at the blacksmith’s and the weaver’s, in glass, ice and ceramics. The magical Northern Light often plays in the sky. Come and visit the colourful people of Lofoten, and if you are lucky, you might even catch one of the raging storms!

Lofoten is also one of Norway’s best and the world’s northernmost sites for wave surfing! The waves are usually great and plentiful.

Lofoten has two alpine ski lifts. Lofoten is an eldorado for everyone who enjoys telemark skiing. Plus snowshoes give winter a different perspective, as it is so much easier and safer to get to places. Have you ever been on a mountain trip beneath the Northern Light, or as the sun is just crossing the horizon? Try it in Lofoten. It will be an unforgettable trip!

Kayaking in Lofoten. The world’s most stunning archipelago is waiting for you. You couldn’t get closer to the ocean and the seals. Experience nature and the animal kingdom from the surface of the ocean. A kayak gives you the opportunity to move around at your own tempo, and it is the best way to relax!

The greatest experience is actually just being in Lofoten at this time of year. Watch the fish being hung on the drying racks. Enjoy life in the harbour of the fishing villages. Go to a skreimølje dinner party to enjoy this local cod dish. Chat to the local fishermen in one of the pubs. Sun for breakfast, storm for dinner and a calm sea for supper. Enjoy the light in Lofoten.

Experience the Viking Age as it really was! At Borg, archaeologists have discovered the largest house ever found from this era. It is the house of one of the most powerful chieftains in Northern Norway. The building is 83 meters long and has been reconstructed as a living museum with findings, reconstructions, exhibitions and domestic animals. Experience a genuine Viking lunch in the Banquet Hall or attend the chieftain’s feast. An experience that will give you a good idea of the life that our rugged forefathers used to lead!

And what is there to do in the evening? Enjoy a delicious meal, with raw ingredients from Lofoten, prepared by chefs that consider every dish a work of art. Traditional fisherman’s huts. Cosy bars. Hotels with soul. A crackling fireplace. A good book. A glass of wine. Great conversation. Enjoy the tranquillity. For further information and recommendations of activities, please enquire at your place of accommodation or the nearest tourist information office in Lofoten.

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HIKING TRAILS IN LOFOTEN

Hiking trails in Lofoten Hiking trails in Lofoten promote all kinds of activities and wonderful experiences in varied and exciting country. Some trails are marked with cairns, others are unmarked. Most tourist information centres sell hiking maps, and are able to offer you more detailed information: Lofoten Turlag, postboks 90, 8370 Leknes, www.lofoten-turlag.no

IMPORTANT! Please be careful even when following marked and well-trodden paths through seemingly safe terrain. There will always be steep drops close by. Remember to take with you a hiking map, suitable clothing/footwear and sufficient food. Show consideration for the environment! We ask visitors to help us take care of Lofoten’s attractive, but vulnerable natural surroundings (flora and fauna, etc.)

RØST The island Røstlandet has an area of 6 by 6 km and is as flat as a pancake. Rambling about here, you won’t encounter many impediments. A trip to the church ruins is recommended, as well as a boat trip to Skomvær lighthouse and to the birdcliffs.

VÆRØY Alt. 1: An enjoyable and not very exerting walk would take you past the school to Marka where the tarred road ends. From here, you continue through a gravel pit and to a lovely stretch along the shore which is called Sørlandshagen. Here you can choose between several tracks, all of which lead to the promontory Nupneset. The walk from the gravel pit to Nupneset takes about an hour. You might follow the shore on your way back; there is a fantastic pebble beach inside the inlet. Alt. 2: The walk from Nordlandshagen to Måstad is decidedly more

exerting. The track is blazed, and with sturdy shoes and a bit of stamina you should have a wonderful time. At an easy pace the walk should take 2 to 3 hours each way. Please remember that the track might be slippery in rainy weather.

MOSKENES Alt. 1: Along an illuminated trail around the lake Sørvågvannet,

starting at Sørvågen; a pleasant walk of about one hour’s duration. If you would like a longer walk, try taking a detour up to the Studalen valley.

Alt. 2: A moderate walk, marked with cairns and starting from the main road near the Gallery Krysset in Sørvågen.Walk up to Studalsvannet lake, continue up to lake Tridalsvann and Fjerdalsvann. From there proceed up to Djupfjordheia moor and Munkebu cabin. Allow approx. 5 hours for the trip to Munkebu cabin and back. Alt. 3: From Ramsvika, you can climb up to the viewpoint on Mount Reinebringen. This is an excellent trail, but very steep and there are also some patches of loose gravel on the way, so it may be a bit slippery. Be careful! Allow approx. 2 hours to the top and back.

Alt. 4: To get to Vindstad you take the fjord route from Reine. From

Vindstad there is a road to the bottom of the fjord, crossing an isthmus 75 m above sea-level, and down to Bunes. This fabulous sandy beach is well worth your effort. The entire trip (including the boat ride) takes 4 hours. It is possible to have the boat stop so that you can go ashore in the Forsfjord. From there it is possible to go to Mount Hermannsdalstind, Munkebu cabin and Sørvågen.

FLAKSTAD Alt. 1: On Moskenes Island there is plenty to do for those who prefer less exerting pastime. You might drive out to Fredvang, continuing from there to Yttersand, where you leave the car and walk about half an hour along the shore to Mulstøa. Or you could drive in the opposite direction, to the end of the road in Selfjorden, where you walk on a lovely path down the fjord.

Alt. 2: This is somewhat more strenuous. The walk takes you from Torsfjorden to Kvalvika on the outer side (about 1 hour each way). Alt. 3: From Napp, a charming old track leads you along the maelstrom Nappstraumen to Andopen. You should allow for 1 hour each way.

Alt. 4: Approx. 300 metres south of the old school in Nusfjord, there

is a cairned path leading to Nesland. This is a moderate walk that takes about 4 hours there and back. Approx 200m before you reach Østre Nesland, you may see several large potholes near the shore. Nesland has the only watermill found in Lofoten.

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VESTVÅGØY Alt. 1: At Ballstad you start at Kræmmervika/the breakwater and follow a track along the shore to the southern tip of Vestvågøy: Brurstolen. Allow for 1 hour so far. Then you continue along Nappstraumen to the ruins at South Græna and North Græna. This takes about 2 hours. Return by the same route.

Alt. 2: Departure from «Borga» at Eggum along the road, which eventually turns into a mere path, to the beacon; 1,5 hours so far. This area is well suited for watching the Midnight Sun. Alt. 3: You start at Vikjord, walking along the northern side of the

water, and onwards up a glen to Urdtjernet. You need about an hour to reach this point at 100 m above sea-level.

Alt. 4: Start from the road to the youth hostel in Stamsund, walk about 300 m and take the Ringveien about 400 m - and then towards right by the sign; we follow the path. Further towards Ørntuva and up to the Heah - big cairn and a magnifican view towards Henningsvær, Skrova, Ure and Vestfjorden. This is 380 m above sea level. This is an easygoing and well marked path.Walking time about 3 hours.

VÅGAN Alt. 1: A fine walk from Gimsøya takes you up to Hoven. Start at

Hov and you will reach the top in half an hour or an hour, depending on what shape you are in.

Alt. 2: On Austvågøy, you drive to the end of the road at Brenna. Passing a barn on the same side as the shore, you will find the path that continues to Sundlandsfjorden. From here, continue walking as far as you want to. Excellent area from which to watch the Midnight Sun. Alt. 3: Drive towards Henningsvær and stop just before the dump in Djupfjorden. Continue on the path along the fjord to a lake. Secluded bathing beach at the far end of the lake. Allow for at least an hour on your way to the beach. Alt. 4: Leave Highway E10 at the Esso service station in Osan, Svolvær. Turn second left and follow the gravelled road towards the pistol range. At the bend in the road just before you reach the radio mast, turn right and follow the trail that climbs steeply up to Tjeldbergtind peak. A fairly demanding hike in steep terrain. Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours there and back to the service station. Alt. 5: Follow the gravelled road from Svolvær to the north of the Lille and Store Kongsvatn lakes. There is a power station at the end of the road. The path to Kabelvåg begins there and follows the shoreline most of the way. Go back the same way, or follow the gravelled road to Kabelvåg. Easy walk through even terrain. From Svolvær town centre to Kabelvåg town centre, approx. 3 hours’ walk.

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CYCLING IN THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Cycling in the Lofoten Islands

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If you plan to cycle on the main E10 route through the Lofoten Islands, it is advisable to take particular care owing to periodically heavy traffic and narrow stretches of road. In the summer months especially, it can be wise to choose an alternative route where possible. With clothing suited to the conditions and good equipment, Lofoten can be comfortably enjoyed not just in the busiest weeks of summer. Lofoten is in general easy cycling country, with the highest point approximately 130 metres above sea level and the lowest approximately 130 metres below sea level. We recommend taking a cycle with good tyres. Although the E10 is tarred the entire way, there are innumerable fantastic little side roads that are unmade or gravelled. Remember to bring waterproof and windproof clothing and good shoes, as well as gloves, reflector vest, safety helmet, plenty of lights and reflectors on your cycle, and a first aid kit. The inhabitants of Lofoten are fond of people – so be sure to contact those you meet along the road if you have any queries or need help! The midnight sun is visible in the areas on the western and northern side of Lofoten from the end of May to mid-July. Seabirds, including the sea eagle, can be seen along Lofoten’s entire coastline – all year round.

Digermulen-Fiskebøl: 43 km

Raftsundet is a wonderful area for cycling, with its quiet country roads and relatively little traffic for large parts of the route. Excellent walking country! Combine your tour with the high-speed boat service from Svolvær to Holandshamn on some days of the week or the ferry from Digermulen to Finnvik, staying at Store Molla. On the road from Raftsundbrua to Fiskebøl there are three tunnels: the Myrland tunnel (1910 metres), the Falkfjord tunnel (500 metres) and the subsea Sløverfjord tunnel (3340 metres). The Sløverfjord tunnel has a steep descent and ascent, but is light, offers good visibility and has a powerful ventilation system.

Ballstad–Nusfjord: 29 km

Fiskebøl-Laukvik-Svolvær: 68 km

Nusfjord–Å: 51 km

From Fiskebøl the route runs along the outer side of the island of Austvågøya and into a stretch of beautiful coastline. Fine sandy beaches and excellent walking country are guaranteed to make you want to take your time exploring this route. In summer, you can enjoy the midnight sun in Laukvik. The landscape varies between marshy areas, lakes and the arms of fjords. Large sections of the route are unmade roads with little traffic. The last part of the route goes on the E10.

Svolvær–Henningsvær: 26 km

Separate walking and cycling path westwards through Kabelvåg to Ørsnes. From Ørsnes you will need to cycle on the E10 through the Rørvik-skar tunnel, which is 745 metres long. At Rørvik bathing beach, take the road to Henningsvær. This area, from Svolvær to Kabelvåg and Henningsvær, offers many attractions, including art galleries, museums, charming restaurants and cafés, and plenty of activities.

Henningsvær–Stamsund: 63 km

Returning to the E10, past Lyngvær you can cross the bridge at Gimsøybrua (views of Bø in Vesterålen). Take time to explore the island of Gimsøy: little traffic, unmade roads, wonderful walking country and long, white, sandy beaches combine to make this a delightful tour. In summer, you can enjoy the midnight sun from the northern side of the island. There is also overnight accommodation at Hov. Continuing to the island of Vestvågøy, you will need to cross the water at Sundklakkstraumen. Follow the RV 815 route on the southern side, before turning off at the Valbergveien road and continue cycling to Stamsund. Valbergveien has a firm surface and relatively little traffic.

Stamsund–Ballstad: 27 km

From Stamsund the road climbs over Hagskaret (approx. 100 metres above sea level) before descending to Fygle. Alternatively, you can take the road via Finnstad/Sennesvik. Take a pleasant detour to the active fishing village of Mortsund. Leknes is the administrative centre of Vestvågøy Municipality. Take the route north again and visit the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg (follow the E10 north for 14 km). Unstad and Eggum are also worth seeing, and here the midnight sun is visible in summer. Both places are excellent for getting to by bike. Returning to Leknes, continue to Ballstad, a working fishing village offering restaurants, cafés and a range of activities.

Special service offering cycle transport by boat from Ballstad to Nusfjord over Nappstraumen in the summer months. Or you can cycle out to the E10 again and continue westwards through the subsea tunnel (1780 metres) to the island of Flakstadøy. Note there is a steep descent and ascent. A visit to Vikten (midnight sun in summer) is recommended when cycling on the E10 between the Nappstraumen tunnel and the turn-off to Nusfjord. Dramatically beautiful countryside and idyllic sandy beaches will make you want to stop along the way. Ride out onto the E10 again and continue westwards. Nesland, Ramberg, Fredvang/Selfjorden and Sund are all places that should be seen. Ramberg and Fredvang also offer views of the midnight sun in summer. Carry on cycling across a number of islands connected by bridges. Idyllic fishing villages line the coast of the island of Moskenes like a string of pearls. There is a lot to see, experience and enjoy on Moskenes. Take time out to enjoy a boat trip from Reine and into the Reinefjord – perhaps combined with a walk from Vindstad and over to Bunesstranda. Allow plenty of time! The E10 is narrow and winding along large stretches of this road.

Værøy: 22 km

The island of Værøy, with its 22 km of roads, offers fine opportunities for enjoying the magnificent scenery. Good walking trails on both the north and south sides of Værøy. You will also find a range of activities, attractions, cafés and galleries here. The midnight sun is visible from the north side of the island. The characteristic puffin can be seen here from early May until early August. Many other species of seabird and sea eagles can be seen all year round. The roads are tarred almost the entire way and have relatively little traffic.

Røst: 12 km

The people of Røst live on the island of Røstlandet, which has 12 km of roads. The highest point on Røstlandet is only 12 metres, which makes getting about quite easy. The midnight sun can be seen from all over the island. The ruins of the stone church from 1839 are worth a visit. A boat trip between the islands of Røst is virtually obligatory! Here, too, you can experience teeming bird life all year round, including puffins from early May to early August. At the very extremity of the Lofoten Islands shines the lighthouse at Skomvær Fyr. For more information, tips and advice, we recommend the following websites: Lofoten Sykkelklubb (cycling club): www.lofotensk.no Syklistenes Landsforening (national association of cyclists):

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Activities

Activities

The M/V “Gamle Lofotferga” & M/V ”Alba”

We are nature and food specialists and run two large charter boats. The M/V ”Alba” (100 passengers) is our comfortable catamaran with a spacious lounge and panorama view. The M/V ”Gamle Lofotferga” (85 passengers) is our charming and spacious vintage car ferry. Our offerings include Trollfjord tours, shoreline cruises with fishing trips, and killer whale safaris. The M/V ”Alba” also offers charter tours to and from the Lofoten Islands. Example: Lofoten-Bodø, approx. 3 hours. Our target groups are conference, coach and VIP groups. Individual travellers are also welcome on Trollfjord tours during the summer. Fully licensed and approved kitchen. Office in Kabelvåg. Tel: (+47) 458 32 700 post@lofotferga.no www.lofotferga.no

Bør, nautical adventures

Bør, a traditional sailing vessel based on the lines of a Galleass or Baltic Trader and built for northern waters with modern comfort. We have the luxury of being one of the very few sailing vessels sailing the Norwegian coast and in summertime the waters around Lofoten and Vesterålen. We make two weeks trips during which we visit the most remarkable places around the coast. You will stay on board with a small group of 8-10 people on basis of full boarding and we appreciate if our guests participate in the sail handling, navigating and steering although no experience is required. Tel: (+47) 954 99 319 / (+31) 65 23 61 080 bor@borzeilreizen.nl www.borsail.nl

Lofotfjord

Lofotfjord specialises in adventure trips and chartered tours in the Vestfjord. Sea eagle safaris, Trollfjord tours and fishing trips in the summer. Our boats visit the Trollfjord at the same time as the Coastal Voyage ships. Chartered tours with meal included available on request. Spacious vessels, both inside and out on deck. Accessible for the disabled and prams. Our vessels can accommodate from 11 to 70 passengers. Season all year round. Office in Svolvær. Tel: (+47) 993 03 999 Fax: (+47) 76 07 09 31 post@lofotfjord.com www.lofotfjord.com

Lofoten Explorer

sea kayaks. Sea kayaks and surf kayaks for hire, kayaks and kayak gear for sale. Learn how to surf in a sea kayak or surf kayak. Special winter programmes also available using skis or snow shoes. Season: all year round. Office in Kabelvåg. Tel: (+47) 992 31 100 aktiv@lofoten-aktiv.no www.lofoten-aktiv.no

RIB-Lofoten

Boat rental. RIBs with or without a skipper. See Lofoten’s fantastic island world as skipper of your ”own” boat, or together with an experienced skipper/ guide. Cruising between the isles and skerries, fishing trips, the Trollfjorden, killer whales, wave riding on the Vestfjord. Fully equipped 6.5 m RIBs with 115 hp outboard motors. Certified for 12 persons, but recommended for up to 7. Operative all year round. Office in Svolvær. Tel: (+47) 908 81 382 / 975 30 220 post@rib-lofoten.com www.rib-lofoten.com

Lofoten Charterbåt

Lofoten Charterbåt consists of boats accommodating from 30 to 50 passengers. The company offers cruises in the Lofoten Islands, fishing trips and chartered tours in the county of Nordland on request. Scheduled trips with on-board meals from Svolvær town square to the Trollfjord during the summer, killer whale safaris in late autumn and fishing trips during the winter. Events can be arranged all year round when booked in advance. Office in Kabelvåg. Tel: (+47) 916 17 941 Fax: (+47) 76 07 28 46 post@lofotencharterbat.no www.lofotencharterbat.no

Lofottur

Are you adventurous? The sights are many, the distances short. You really need to be at sea to enjoy the true, authentic Lofoten Islands. Lofottur arranges trips to sea for groups, including trips for delegates at courses and conferences, adventure tours and, of course, family and pleasure tours. We also offer sea taxi services, fishing trips and Trollfjord tours. Season: all year round. Office in Svolvær. Tel: (+47) 414 18 134 / 76 07 82 80 Fax: (+47) 913 42 843 erikjoha@online.no www.lofot-tur.no

Lofoten Explorer offers adventure tours for individuals and groups along Lofoten’s spectacular coastline in large RIBs (Zodiacs). Snorkelling in crystal clear Arctic waters equipped with a dry suit and ABC gear together with trips to the Trollfjord in summer. In autumn we arrange killer whale safaris. During the Lofoten Fishery we will take you out to the fishing grounds where you will see, learn about, and experience the professional fishing fleet at close quarters. All scheduled trips leave from Svolvær harbour. For groups, we offer tailor-made chartered tours all over Lofoten. Lofoten Explorer has over 10 years of experience in Lofoten. Our main vessel is 36 foot long. Lofoten Explorer will take you to where the mountains meet the sea. Welcome aboard! Tel: (+47) 971 52 248 / 906 89 206 / 907 93 847 post@lofotodden.com www.lofoten-explorer.com

Lofoten Golf Links – Northern Lights Base Camp

MS Trolltind

The Fishing Boat “Iversen Jr.”

The MS “Trolltind” offers chartered tours, fishing trips and tours of the Trollfjord. Carries up to 38 passengers. Scheduled daily Trollfjord tours from Svolvær between June 10 and September 1 at 10 am and 1.30 pm. Trips last approx. 3 hours. Chartered tours and fishing trips available all year round by prior arrangement. Office in Kabelvåg. Tel: (+47) 900 97 255/76 07 83 89 Fax: (+47) 76 07 46 20 kabelvag-turbat@norway.online.no www.lofoten-charterboat.no

Orca Lofoten / GoArctic

Offers sea and land-based adventures and activities for everyone – all year round! October – January: Killer whale safaris on large comfortable boats and RIBs. Try snorkelling with the killer whales. January – December: Trollfjord tours, Fishing trips, Shoreline Cruises, Eagle Safaris, transport, etc. Target groups: Individual travellers, courses and conferences, coach and VIP groups. Two of our vessels are fully licensed and offer a maritime menu. Office in Kabelvåg. Tel: (+47) 458 32 710 post@orca-lofoten.no Direct online booking at www.orca-lofoten.no

Lofoten Kajakk / Lofoten Aktiv

The kayak is an extremely environmentally-friendly means of transport that offers fantastic opportunities to explore the marine and coastal environments. North Norway’s only ”Approved Ecotourism Company,” Lofoten Kajakk, offers guided kayak trips in the mountains of anything from 3 hours to 7 days duration. All of our kayak courses are NPF and BCU approved. Special courses in mastering the tide and the surf in

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Lofoten Golf Links offers complete packages with adventures, activities and overnight accommodation, summer and winter, for individual travellers, groups, children and adults. We have one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, laid out by the sea and open to the midnight sun. Fully licensed restaurant and fantastic view with midnight service all June and July. Overnight accommodation in rooms or cabins. Golf shop, golf pro, golfing gear and golf cars for hire. Base Camp tent with special activities for groups, children and adults. Overnight accommodation in tents. For winter activities, check out www.northernlightbasecamp.com Tel: (+47) 76 07 20 02 Fax: (+47) 76 07 20 03 post@lofoten-golf.no www.lofoten-golf.no Fishing trips available in the Vestfjord on board the 47 foot M/V “Iversen Jr.” Skipper Børge Iversen has 30 years of experience as a professional fisherman. Daily departures at 2 pm between June 15 and August 15. Duration: approx. 3 hours. Prices when minimum of 4 passengers: NOK 400 for adults and 200 for children. Hire of fishing tackle included in price. Ask for overnight accommodation offers. Location: Sjøstrand Rorbuer, Ballstad. On-board mobile: (+47) 909 26 056 Tel: (+47) 76 08 84 95 Fax: (+47) 76 08 84 72 post@rorbuer.info www.rorbuer.info

Arctic Whale Tours

We arrange whale safari tours on a daily basis from Stø i Vesterålen, offering you an adventure with a difference. We have qualified guides who speak Norwegian, Spanish, English, German, Dutch, Finnish and French. Whale guarantee. Season: Late May to early September. Booking centre opening times: 9am-8pm. Departure times: daily 1 or 2 departures, as required. Starting point: Stø, 50 km north-west of Sortland, approx. 50 minute drive in the direction of Myre. Tel: (+47) 76 13 43 00 / 473 84 621 info@arcticwhaletours.com www.arcticwhaletours.com

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Activities Rent-a-Boat Lofoten offers boats of various types and sizes (16 to 27 foot) with room for 2 to 8 persons. The rental includes safe boats complete with life jackets, safety gear, echo sounder, compass and sea charts. Office in Kabelvåg. Tel: (+47) 911 67 000 Fax: (+47) 76 07 88 13 post@lofotferie.no www.lofotferie.no

Whale Safari Andenes

The educational aspect is of central importance to whale safaris in Andenes. Since the very beginning we in Andenes have arranged whale safaris combining learning, adventure and research in one complete package. Whale safaris take place every day from May to September. Trips normally last 45 hours and include guided tours of the Whale Centre/multimedia show, a guided boat trip out to the whale grounds, a light meal with tea or coffee on board and a diploma. We also offer a whale guarantee. Boat trips are subject to weather conditions. Andenes is 100km from Sortland and 210 km from Svolvær. Opening times: May 25-June 14 and Aug. 16-Sept.15: 08:30am-4 pm. June 15-Aug.15: 08:30am-7:30pm. Tel: (+47) 76 11 56 00 Fax: (+47) 76 11 56 10 booking@whalesafari.no www.whalesafari.com

Lofoten Opplevelser (Lofoten Adventures)

Good local knowledge and over 10 years of experience provide us with the necessary expertise to tailor fantastic adventures in conjunction with, for instance, courses and conferences. Join us on a killer whale safari between November 1 and January 15. The adventurous among you may even like to try snorkelling among the whales. We also offer sea eagle safaris, snorkelling in crystal clear arctic waters and deep-sea rafting/RIB safaris. Dry suits and ABC equipment are provided on snorkelling trips, warm survival suits on other trips. Season: all year round. Office in Henningsvær. Tel: (+47) 76 07 50 01 Fax: (+47) 76 07 50 23 post@lofoten-opplevelser.no www.lofoten-opplevelser.no

Lofoten Bicycle and Used Car Rental

Cycling through Lofoten is probably the best way in which to experience the archipelago. Quality bikes, bags and trailers for hire. Ready-made adventures like photo safaris, mountain trips, etc. Season: May to September. Bikes supplied at Svolvær town square, Leknes tourist office, Skjærbrygga restaurant in Stamsund and Moskenes Ferry. Car hire from Leknes. Overnight accommodation offers. Tel: (+47) 996 91 420 post@rentabike.no www.rentabike.no

Organisers /Complete suppliers Svinøya Rorbuer – Base Camp Lofoten

Complete supplier of overnight accommodation, food and drink, events, adventures and activities in Lofoten. We offer complete packages for individual travellers, and the corporate and group markets. With over 16 years of experience in the travel industry, you the customer can feel certain that we will provide you with the best solutions for your stay in Lofoten. This means content, good stories, action and knowledge. A world class adventure and a memory for the rest of your life. Out on the coast, north of the Arctic Circle, the weather is extremely changeable. With the help of our local staff and their know-how, network and experience, we will make sure that you, together with us, will tackle the Arctic weather, and have a doable and educational adventure whatever the conditions. Svinøya Rorbuer has the necessary liability insurance and quality assured associates. Member of the RGF travel guarantee fund. Tel: (+47) 76 06 99 30 Fax: (+47) 76 07 48 98 post@svinoya.no www.svinoya.no

Lofoten Guide Service

Guide services all year round in Norwegian, English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Finnish and other languages. Our programmes are for the most part intended for shipping companies (cruise ships and Coastal Voyage vessels), tour operators and travel companies, but we also offer assistance to other groups and individuals in conjunction with their visits to Lofoten. Please contact us for packages including overnight accommodation, meals and adventures by coach, boat or on foot. Offices in Leknes and Tromsø. Tel: (+47) 76 06 09 70 Fax: (+47) 76 08 64 67 post@lofotguide.com www.lofotguide.com

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XXLofoten

XXLofoten aims to be one of the region’s best providers of meaningful activities and adventures for the corporate market and other adventurous groups (mind moving concepts). Our object is to provide our guests with a closer, and more active experience of nature. Proficiency in the field of safe travel on land and at sea all year round, together with sound expertise in group dynamics, logistics and the ability to improvise, will help us achieve this goal. We will gladly tailor your entire stay in Lofoten, from arrival to departure. Steady focus on our role as hosts, together with a sound network of skilful partners in our local region, will help make your stay just as we have promised, and at least as good as you expected. If you leave us with stiff muscles, a little wiser and with a big smile on your face, then we have done our job properly! Tel: (+47) 916 55 500 post@xxlofoten.no www.xxlofoten.no

Activities

Rent-a-Boat

Event Management Lofoten

Event Management Lofoten’s goal is to be the best partner for customers wishing to experience Lofoten. We are a complete provider of Lofoten adventures offering both fully inclusive packages and tailored products including everything from travel, accommodation, internal logistics, food and drink to, guides and adventures on land and sea. In collaboration with you, the customer, we map out your needs and requirements and create the optimum adventure within the agreed framework. Quality assurance of your entire stay and the personal follow-up of each customer, together with local knowledge and skilled guides, constitute our primary focus in providing you with a fantastic experience of Lofoten. Tel: (+47) 414 70 000 Fax: (+47) 76 07 79 02 jim@jimeide.no www.event-lofoten.com

Shopping in Lofoten Rødsand

Rødsand Libris is a bookshop with a wide range of literature on the Lofoten Islands and postcards. We also stock -souvenirs and office equipment. The shop is centrally situated in Svolvær town square, only a short distance from the coffee bars on the harbour promenade. From June to late August opening times are from 10 am to 10 pm. All credit cards accepted. Tax-free shopping available to customers living outside Scandinavia. On the first floor you will find Gallery Dina. Rødsand Libris also has branches at the Amfisenter in Svolvær and the Lofotsenteret in Leknes. Hungry for information about Lofoten? Then we wish you a warm welcome. Tel: (+47) 76 07 59 11 Fax: (+47) 76 07 59 19 rodsand.bokhandel@libris.no www.rodsand.net

Vic

Vic Bremnes offers Norwegian knitwear for the whole family together with fashions for men including brands like Gant and Jean Paul. Quality and top service. The shop is centrally situated in Svolvær town square. Open from 9 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday, in June, July and August. Open Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm. All credit cards accepted. Tax-free shopping available to customers living outside Scandinavia. Welcome to some enjoyable shopping. Tel: (+47) 76 07 13 34 Fax: (+47) 76 07 46 03 vic.svolvaer@voice.no

Lofoten Gaver og Brukskunst (Gifts and Applied Art)

Lofoten Gaver og Brukskunst offers not only Lofoten’s biggest selection of souvenirs, but also a glimpse of the history of Lofoten. Admission free. Local handicrafts and applied art, clothing, jewellery, postcards and pictures, together with ceramics from our own workshop. All credit cards and currencies accepted. Tax-free shopping. Whatever the weather, it is always cosy inside this shop. We serve coffee and cakes around our fireplace. We also have a web shop. Open: all year round. Location: Storgata 38, 8370 Leknes. Tel: (+47) 76 08 13 12 Fax: (+47) 76 08 16 80 post@gave.no www.gave.no

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Free admission. Guided tours on request.

Vestvågøy Museum, Fygle and Skaftnes

At Fygle, the museum houses a collection related to school history and the fisheries. The main building at Skaftnes farm and its contents date back to 1860. There is also a pier, large boathouse and a smithy. Recommended for families with children. Location: Fygle, approx. 2 kilometres from Leknes in the direction of Stamsund. Skaftnes, approx. 2 kilometres from Ure. Tel: (+47) 76 08 49 00 Fax: (+47) 76 08 49 10 vikingmuseet@lofotr.no www.lofotr.no/norsk/avdelinger/fygle.htm Date Fygle 1/6-31/8 Skaftnes 15/6-15/8

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V: NOK 40, B/H/S: NOK 20, G: NOK 35 Open all year round by prior arrangement.

Gallery 2, Stamsund

100 metres from the Coastal Voyage docks you will find unique art in an old laundry building: project models accompanied by a lightshow, including Scott Thoe’s “Bridge of Peace” that was built from tanks, monumental tapestries made by Vebjørg Hagene Thoe, and films by various artists. We display new North Norwegian art by a variety of artists – paintings, graphic art, ceramics and textiles. There is a drawing studio for the children where Laura the parrot poses as model. Varied assortment of art cards and reproductions. Tel: (+47) 76 08 46 66 / 90 95 65 46 vebjorg@online.no www.galleri2.no Date 1/6-30/8 1/6-30/8

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Open all year round by prior arrangement. V: 30, B: Free. Guided tours on request. Cod-liver oil production and stockfish grading. At one of Lofoten’s longest established fishing companies, you can also taste the adventure: fresh cod-liver oil and stockfish. Salty, seaside adventures in Henningsvær - Food and drink - Museum - Small-scale production of local specialities Location: Henningsvær Tel: (+47) 909 72 556 post@riksheim-aktiviteter.no

Lofoten Gårdsysteri, Saupstad / (Lofoten Farm Dairy), Saupstad

Lofoten Gårdsysteri (farm dairy) is located by the beautiful Steinfjorden on the far side of Lofoten. White goat’s cheese, kid meat and seasonal berries are among the organic specialities of the farm. Tours of the farm and/or cheese factory by appointment, with tasting sessions if desired. Food also served by appointment. Recommended for families with children. Location: Turn off the E10 at Liland (Bøstad) and follow the signpost towards Unstad. Tel: (+47) 76 08 96 31 / 952 77 106 lofoten-gardsysteri@online.no www.lofoten-gardsysteri.no 1-5 10-21

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Open on request all year. Free admission. Guided tours on request.

Galleri Espolin, Storvågan (Espolin Gallery)

Norway’s largest collection of the works of the artist Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994). The cultural history of the region is conveyed in an unforgettable way. Two permanent exhibition halls and one for changing exhibitions. Video room, Espolin room and art shop. Tel: (+47) 76 07 84 05 Fax: (+47) 76 07 89 85 post@galleri-espolin.no www.galleri-espolin.no Date 1-5 6 7 2/1-30/1 11-15 # # 1/2-30/4 11-15 # 11-15 1/5-31/5 11-15 11-15 11-15 1/6-31/8 10-19 10-19 10-19 1/9-20/12 11-15 # 11-15 V: 60, B (3-15): 25, H/S: 45 Multi-ticket Storvågan: V 160, B (3-15) 70

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V: NOK 100, B (3-15): NOK 50, H/S/G o/20: NOK 70, F (2v+3b): NOK 280. Multi-ticket Storvågan: V: NOK 160. B (3-15): NOK 70.

Engelskmannbrygga Henningsvær

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Hamlet),

The hamlet was built by an English company in around 1900. Today, it provides homes and workshops for three arts and crafts businesses: Glasshytta Henningsvær AS, the potter Cecilie Haaland, and Tringa AS (photographer John Stenersen). Demonstration of glassblowing and pottery production by appointment. Arts and crafts centre with adjoining shop. Tel: (+47) 76 07 52 85 / 76 07 22 12 Fax: (+47) 76 07 87 88 jostener@online.no, kamalm@online.no www.engelskmannsbrygga.no Date 1-5 6 28/2-12/6 10-16 * 10-16 13/6-9/8 10-20 10-20 10/8-23/12 10-16 * 10-16 * Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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Free admission. Groups on request: NOK 750. Glass blowing and ceramics production: NOK 1500.

Galleri Dagfinn Bakke, Svolvær (Dagfinn Bakke Gallery)

The gallery is owned by the artist Dagfinn Bakke. The gallery hosts continuous exhibitions with watercolours, sculptures and graphics by well-known Norwegian artists. Sale of works. Framing. Location: Svolvær town centre, near the Hurtigruten docks. Tel: (+47) 76 07 19 98 Fax: (+47) 76 07 17 62 einbakk2@online.no www.dagfinnbakke.no Date 1/1-31/12

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Free admission. Guided tours for groups: NOK 400,-.

Riksheim Henningsvær - A fishing company offering authentic adventures

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Lofoten Nature, Svolvær

Information about nature, with emphasis on geology, flora, fauna and the fantastic abundance of life in the seas around Lofoten, provides you with the best starting point for your own experience of nature. Exhibition of extremely high quality photography and spectacular multimedia presentations, library and a distinctive gift and souvenir shop. Located in Svolvær town square. Tel: (+47) 76 07 05 00 post@lofotennature.com www.lofotennature.com

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The aquarium shows life in the sea, from the beaches to the great depths of the ocean. There is also a seal pond and an otter pond that have become very popular among visitors. Arctic cod (“skrei”) and a number of fish species from the area can also be seen in the aquarium. Nature photographs from Lofoten are displayed in an amazing film. Marine environment centre featuring the exhibition “The Art of Coexistence”. Café and souvenir shop. Recommended for families with children. Tel: (+47) 76 07 86 65 Fax: (+47) 76 07 89 40 post@lofotakvariet.no www.lofotakvariet.no

Opening times: During the peak season from June 13-August 23: open daily from 2-10 pm. Off-season; see www.lofotennature.com V: NOK 50. B u/ 16: NOK 25.

Lofotr Viking Museum, Borg

An impressive reconstruction of the largest house that has been found dating back to the Viking Age. In the longhouse there is a guided tour of the banquet hall, a living area and an exhibition. There is a copy of the Gokstad ship, smithy and boathouse. Rowing tours with the Viking ship. Wild boars, horses and sheep. Activities arranged in the summer season. Recommended for families with children. Location: By Highway E10. Allow at least 1 1/2 hours for a visit. Tel: (+47) 76 08 49 00 Fax: (+47) 76 08 49 10 vikingmuseet@lofotr.no www.lofotr.no Date 1/1-1/5 2/5-31/5 1/6-24/8 25/8-13/9 14/9-31/12

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V: 110*/90, B (6-15): 55*/40, H/S: 90*/80, G o/12: 90, F (2ad+3children): 300*/250. *Admission 15/6-15/8 Open by prior arrangement all year round. Internet reservations: www.lofoten.info

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Lofoten Aquarium, Storvågan

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Organic farm with farm shop and cheese made from goat’s and cow’s milk, together with herb production. The farm and herb garden are open to visitors. Marked walking trails, description and maps available from the farm. Farm tours by appointment. Recommended for families with children. Location: approx. 20 kilometres from Leknes in the direction of Svolvær. Turn off the E10 at the Shell service station at Sletteng (Bøstad). Follow the signposts for “Aalan Gård” to our farm shop. Tel: (+47) 76 08 45 34 / 977 11 184 Fax: (+47) 76 08 45 34 knut@aalan.no www.aalan.no

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Sights and Attractions

Attractions Aalan Gård, Lauvdalen (Aalan Farm)


Dagmar’s Museum of Dolls and Toys, Sakrisøy

Magic Ice, Svolvær

Date 22/5-20/6 21/6-15/8 16/8-31/8

Date 15/6-20/8 21/8-14/6

The museum opened in 1992 as the first ever of its kind in Norway. A cosy private museum exhibiting around 2,500 dolls and toys from the period 1860-1965. A quirky second hand shop on the first floor also sells coffee and Norwegian waffles. This place really speaks to your heart! Recommended for the entire family, big and small boys included! Location: By Highway E10, between Reine and Hamnøy. Tel: (+47) 900 35 419 / 76 09 21 43 sakrisoy@lofoten-info.no www.lofoten.ws 1-5 10-18 10-20 10-18

6 10-18 10-20 10-18

7 10-18 10-20 10-18

Open on request all year. V: NOK 50, B o/3: NOK 25, H/S: NOK 40, G o/20: NOK 40.

Gallery Eva Harr, Reine

Permanent exhibition of oil paintings by Eva Harr. Sale of graphic prints. Multimedia show ”Sea Eagles and Whales” by Frank A. Jenssen, screened on the hour, every hour. Tel: (+47) 76 07 15 73 / 915 95 083 post@galleri-lofoten.no Date 25/5-25/8

1-5 10.30-18

6 10.30-18

7 10.30-18

Multimedia show on the hour. V: 60 H/G: 50, B u/16: free.

The Norwegian Telecom Museum, Sørvågen

Based on the theme “Cod, telegraph and telephone”. This unusual museum, with exhibits of land-line telegraphy, -wireless telegraphy and radio telephony, shows why Lofoten was such an important part of Norwegian and European telecom history – and how both Marconi and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany were linked to the establishment of the first fixed wireless telegraphy system in Northern Europe. Tel: (+47) 76 09 14 88 Fax: (+47) 76 09 15 66 nfmuseum@lofoten-info.no www.lofoten-info.no/nfmuseum Date 20/6-20/8

1-5 11-17

6 11-17

7 11-17

Open on request all year. V: NOK 40, B o/12: NOK 20, S: NOK 20. Guided tours on request.

Ocean Sounds, Henningsvær

At this research and exhibition centre you can meet scientists and gain a unique insight into research on killer whales. You can listen to the sound of the whales and learn a great deal about Lofoten’s nature and marine life, either by way of our professional multimedia presentation or via talks, courses or at our library. Furthermore, we offer photo and art exhibitions, souvenirs and screenings of the film “Islands in the Sea” by Xlofoten. Between May and November you have the opportunity of taking part in research expeditions and guided whale, seal and birdwatching safaris on a RIB. Location: opposite the town square in Henningsvær, on the other side of the harbour basin, approx. 20 minutes walk from the car park. Tel: (+47) 76 07 18 28 / 414 26 713 info@ocean-sounds.com www.ocean-sounds.com Date 1/6-31/8

1-5 14-18

6 14-18

7 14-18

Daily offerings: Safari tours 10am-2pm or 5-9pm (Subject to weather conditions, min 4, max 10 persons) XLofoten film screenings at 4pm. Talks given at 5 pm (min 5 persons) Sept.1-December: Research period – call us for details of opening times and safaris.

Sculptures and installations made of ice, dramatically lit and using sound, music and images, tell the story of nature, traditions and a fisherman’s life on this island. Magic Ice has an atmosphere that has to be experienced from the inside. Location: at the end of the Hurtigruten docks in Svolvær. Tel: (+47) 76 07 40 11 Fax: (+47) 76 07 40 12 post@magic-ice.no www.magic-ice.no 1-5 12-22.30 18-22

6 12-22.30 18-22

7 12-22.30 18-22

V: NOK 90, B u/16: NOK 60, G o/20: NOK 80.

North Norwegian Artists’ Centre, Svolvær

The Artists’ Centre gallery displays a variety of exhibitions of contemporary pictorial arts and crafts. The shop offers a wide range of visual arts and crafts, books, posters, postcards and catalogues. The centre is run by the North Norwegian artists’ associations Location: Svinøya, Svolvær. Relocating to Svolvær town square in spring 2009. Tel: (+47) 76 06 67 70 Fax: (+47) 76 07 00 15 post@nnks.no www.nnks.no Date 20/6-17/8

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6 10-18

7 10-18

Rest of the year: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm. V: NOK 30, B u/16: free, H/S: NOK 20, G o/10: NOK 20.

Lofoten House Gallery / Gallery Harr, Henningsvær

Norway’s biggest collection of North Norwegian paintings from the Golden Age. Over 100 unique works of art by, amongst others, Ulving, Holmboe, Juul, and Sinding. Major exhibition of paintings by Karl Erik Harr, one of Norway’s most celebrated pictorial artists. See Frank A Jenssen’s multimedia masterpiece consisting of sounds from nature, music and images from Lofoten. The programme has been seen by over a million people and has been screened all over Europe. Screenings every hour, on the hour, from May 20 to August 31. Tel: (+47) 76 07 15 73 / 915 95 083 post@galleri-lofoten.no www.galleri-lofoten.no Date 20/5-9/6 10/6-10/8 11/8-31/8

1-5 10-19 9-19 10-19

6 10-19 9-19 10-19

7 10-19 9-19 10-19

Open by prior arrangement all year round. V: NOK 75. B (under 16): NOK 35. H: NOK 60, G o/15: NOK 60. Multimedia show, screened every hour, on the hour during opening times: May 20 – August 26. Internet booking: www.lofoten.info

Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, Å

Open all year round, the museum displays life and work in the fishing village of Å and the Lofoten Fishery over the past 250 years. Boats, tackle and stockfish. Cod-liver oil factory, bakery (1844) with summer sale of cinnamon rolls ... Blacksmith’s. The home of the fisherman and his family. The rorbu cabin. The fishing boat “Glimt” where you can also spend the night. The Ghost of the Sea. Historical garden. Scheduled guided tours and family activities during the summer. Two souvenir and gift shops, with internet. Welcome! Tel: (+47) 76 09 14 88 Fax: (+47) 76 09 15 66 nfmuseum@lofoten-info.no www.lofoten-info.no/nfmuseum

Free admission. Open on request all year round.

Date 1/1-19/6 20/6-20/8 21/8-31/12

Museum Nord – Lofoten Museum, Storvågan

V: NOK 50. B ( 8-15): NOK 25, S: NOK 25 H NOK 40. Guided tours on request.

The museum is built around an old farm in a fishing village. The main building dates back to 1815 and contains several exhibitions. In the museum area there is a boathouse with high-bowed sailing boats from northern Norway (Nordlandsbåter), old fishermen’s huts and objects from prehistoric times and the Middle Ages. Guided tours by appointment. Recommended for families with children. Tel: (+47) 76 06 97 90 Fax: (+47) 76 06 97 99 lofotmuseet@museumnord.no www.lofotmuseet.no Date 2/1-30/4 1/5-31/5 1/6-31/8 1/9-30/9 1/10-18/12

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Lofoten Design/Glasshytta (Glassblower’s), Vikten

The first glassblower in Northern Norway. Both the glassworks (Glasshytta) and the Ceramics Tower have a very distinct architectural environment and child-friendly surroundings. Production of ceramics and glass based on the Lofoten rune. Inspired by nature and traditions. Art for sale. Cafe offering light snacks, coffee and cakes. All home-made. Outside you will find white sandy beaches, a moraine landscape and rambling trails. Tel: (+47) 76 09 44 42 Fax: (+47) 76 09 47 14 Date 1/5-30/8

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6 10-19

7 10-19

Open on request all year. V/H/S: NOK 20, G: on request. 25/6-20/8: Glass blowing and ceramics production.

Open on request all year round. V: NOK 60. B (3-15): NOK 25. H/S: NOK 45, G o/20: NOK 45. Multi-ticket Storvågan: V: NOK 160. B (3-15): NOK 70. Guided tours on request. Legend: V = Adult, B = Child, H = Senior Citizen, F = Family, G = Group, S = Student, # = Closed. 1 = Monday, 2 = Tuesday, 3 = Wednesday, 4 = Thursday, 5 = Friday, 6 = Saturday, 7 = Sunday.

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Transport/Restaurants

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RENT A CAR

COMPANY

TEL. (+47)

FAX. (+47)

WEB

E-MAIL

Svolvær og Leknes

Avis Bilutleie

76 07 11 40

76 07 75 99

www.avis.no

svolvar@avis.no

Svolvær og Kabelvåg Taxi

76 07 06 00

76 07 22 60

www.lofoten-taxi.no

post@lofoten-taxi.no

TAXI & MAXI-TAXI Svolvær

www.lofotentaxi.com BUS

Svolvær

Palmberg Buss

900 39 804

76 07 26 59

www.palmberg-buss.no

stig@palmberg-buss.no

Stamsund and Svolvær

Arctic Buss Lofoten

926 99 060

927 71 484

www.arcticbuss.no

post@arcticbuss.no

Leknes and Sortland

Veolia Transport Nord, Vestfjord Buss

78 40 70 00

76 12 11 89

www.veolia-transport.no

vestfjord.buss@veolia-transport.no

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SEASON

www.ni-hao.no

post@ni-hao.no

70 + 70

1.1.-31.12.

76 06 64 70

www.anker-brygge.no

booking@anker-brygge.no

48

1.1.-31.12.

76 06 99 31

76 07 48 98

www.svinoya.no

post@svinoya.no

100

1.1.-31.12.

Du Verden Restaurant

76 07 70 99

76 07 70 98

www.duverden.net

post@duverden.net

70+30

1.1.-31.12.

Svolvær

Restaurant Bojer

76 04 90 00

76 04 90 49

www.thonhotels.no/lofoten

lofoten@thonhotels.no

200

1.3.-31.12.

Kabelvåg

Præstengbrygga

76 07 80 60

jaaa-joh@online.no

250

1.1.-31.12.

Ørsvågvær

Ørsvåg Restaurant

76 07 81 80

76 07 83 37

www.orsvag.no

booking@orsvag.no

80

19.6.-15.9.

Henningsvær

Restaurant Den Blå Fisk

76 07 47 50

76 07 47 30

www.henningsvaer.no

booking@henningsvaer.dvgl.no

70

1.1.-31.12.

Henningsvær

Restaurant Fiskekrogen

76 07 46 52

76 07 46 55

www.fiskekrogen.net

post@fiskekrogen.net

80

1.3.-15.9.

Alstad

Lofoten Turistsenter

76 08 64 44

76 08 64 44

post@lofotturist.no

150

1.1.-31.12.

Leknes

Restaurant Bevares

76 08 08 25

76 08 08 92

www.norlandia.no/lofoten

lofoten@norlandia.no

70

1.1.-31.12.

Mortsund

Restaurant Marmælen

76 05 50 60

76 08 71 11

www.statles.no

post@statles.no

150

1.6.-1.9.

Stamsund

Skjærbrygga Restaurant

76 05 46 00

76 05 46 01

www.skjaerbrygga.no

firmapost@skjaerbrygga.no

50

1.1.-31.12.

Ramberg

Ramberg Gjestegård

76 09 35 00

76 09 31 40

www.ramberg-gjestegard.no

ramberggjest@lofoten.com

70

1.1.-31.12.

Reine

Restaurant Gammelbua

76 09 22 22

76 09 22 25

www.reinerorbuer.no

post@reinerorbuer.no

78

May-September

Sørvågen

Restaurant Maren Anna

76 09 20 50

76 09 20 51

www.lofoten-info.no/marenanna

marenanna@lofoten-info.no

76

1.1.-31.12.

Sørvågen

Holmen Restaurant

76 09 13 06

76 09 13 07

www.holmenlofoten.no

booking@holmenlofoten.no

40

1.1.-31.12.

Å

Brygga Restaurant

76 09 11 21

76 09 12 82

www.lofoten-rorbu.com

info@lofoten-rorbu.com

250

June-August

LOCATION

NAME

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Svolvær

Restaurant Nihao

76 07 79 00

Svolvær

Restaurant Kjøkkenet

76 06 64 80

Svolvær

Børsen Spiseri

Svolvær

FAX. (+47)

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BUSINESS E-MAIL

TEL (+47) FAX (+47)

8064 Røst

Røst Bryggehotell bojohans@online.no

76 05 08 00 76 09 60 40

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Å-Hamna Rorbuer/Independent Hostel info@lofotenferie.com

76 09 12 11 / 911 50 560 76 09 11 14

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Å 8392 Sørvågen

Å Rorbuer & Vandrerhjem info@lofoten-rorbu.com

76 09 11 21 76 09 12 82

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Borg Overnatting post@borg-overnatting.no

915 71 557 / 915 75 297 76 08 46 28

F

11 / 65

Lillevollveien 15 8370 Leknes

Norlandia Lofoten Hotell lofoten@norlandia.no

76 08 08 25 76 08 08 92

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Lofoten Bed and Breakfast booking@lofotenbb.no

76 08 99 49 / 911 18 308

F

4 / 13

Hov 8314 Gimsøysand

Lofoten Golf Links Overnatting post@lofoten-golf.no

76 07 20 02 / 917 69 809 76 07 20 03

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Hjellskjæret 8312 Henningsvær

Henningsvær Bryggehotell booking@henningsvaer.dvgl.no

76 07 47 50 76 07 47 30

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Finnholmen Brygge post@finnholmen.no

76 06 99 60 76 06 99 69

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Nordnorsk Klatreskole post@nordnorskklatreskole.no

76 07 49 11

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Lofoten sommerhotell/Kabelvåg Vandrerhjem post@lofoten.fhs.no

76 06 98 80 76 06 98 81

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Lofoten Turist- og Rorbusenter booking@orsvag.no

76 07 81 80 76 07 83 37

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Fiskergt 46 8300 Svolvær

Norlandia Vestfjord Hotell service@vestfjord.norlandia.no

76 07 08 70 76 07 08 54

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Austnesfjordgt. 12 8300 Svolvær

Best Western Svolvær Hotell Lofoten post@svolvar-hotell.no

76 07 19 99 76 07 09 09

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Lamholmen 8305 Svolvær

Rica Hotel Svolvær rica.hotel.svolvar@rica.no

76 07 22 22 76 07 20 01

H

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Torget 8300 Svolvær

Thon Hotel Lofoten lofoten@thonhotels.no

76 04 90 00 76 04 90 49

H

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Moskenes Camping kra-ri@online.no

994 89 405 76 09 14 37

C

Rolvsfjord 8370 Leknes

Brustranda Sjøcamping bl-tjoen@online.no

76 08 71 00 76 08 71 44

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Alstad 8370 Leknes

Lofoten Turistsenter post@lofotturist.no

76 08 64 44 76 08 64 44

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Hov 8314 Gimsøysand

Lofoten Golf Links post@lofoten-golf.no

76 07 20 02 / 917 69 809 76 07 20 03

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Hov Feriegård & Camping unnihov@online.no

76 07 71 57 / 477 55 813 76 07 71 57

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Ørsvågvær 8310 Kabelvåg

Lofoten Turist- og Rorbusenter booking@orsvag.no

76 07 81 80 76 07 83 37

CDFHRS

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The history of the Rorbu Reine © Solveig Helland

The history of the Rorbu The Need and Availability of Accommodation Even before the year 900 AD, the sagas tell us of boats from along the coast being equipped for the journey to Lofoten and the winter cod fishing season. In addition to the ordinary “home” fisheries, tales were told all along the coast of the extremely bounteous winter fishery off the Lofoten Islands. People travelled for days and even weeks in open rowing boats and sailing boats to take part in the abundant fisheries of Lofoten, throughout the entire winter. This created a need for accommodation.We have little knowledge of how this need was met during the first centuries, but from the sagas, we know that in the early 1100’s, King Øystein decided that “rorbus” should be built for the visiting fishermen in Lofoten. This tells us something of how important this fishery was for the country’s economy even at such an early date. The Word “Rorbu” RORBU? What are the origins of the word? “Bu” means a (small) dwelling, and is derivative of the Norwegian word, “bo”, to live in. So: A tiny house to live in. But the word is also used in certain other contexts, e.g. “redskapsbu” - a “house” where tools are kept. The first syllable of the word RORBU derives from the Norwegian word “ro”, to row. For centuries the fishermen came in rowing boats, and it was not until the early 1900’s that the fishing boats were equipped with engines. One literally “rowed” out to the fishing grounds. Even after three generations of motor boats, the Norwegian for “row out to the fishing grounds” is still the vernacular for taking part in the fisheries. A “rorbu”, then, is a house where the fishermen lived when they rowed out to the fishing grounds.

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New Use and Modernisation Around 1960, when hundreds of rorbus were empty all year round and many had been demolished or blown down by the winter storms, some of the better cabins were let out to tourists for the first time. During a twenty year period, the amount of tourists wishing to stay in rorbus increased, and the owners had their rorbu cabins restored and modernized. The old main part could often be left as it was, whereas the parts that were used to store tackle and other equipment have been insulated against the cold and furnished with showers, toilets and one or more additional bedrooms. Whereas previously it was necessary to carry water to the rorbus, today, practically all the cabins have hot and cold running water. “Sjøhus” - Quayside Rooms In the fishing villages we also find larger buildings where the fishermen’s catch was landed. These quayside fish halls, were normally built with two to four floors and here too, rooms were furnished to accommodate the land-based workers in the fishing industry and some of the boat crews. Since much of this accommodation was used by fishermen, these are sometimes also referred to as rorbus. In order to distinguish this type of accommodation from the traditional, detached rorbus, the term SJØHUS is used about these larger buildings. The accommodation offered in these “sjøhus”, or quayside rooms, is often of a more modern fashion than the old cabins, and in many cases these accommodation units are more spacious than the traditional rorbus. In some of the “sjøhus” the guests share a common kitchen and lounge.

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Kårøy 8064 Røst

Kårøy Rorbucamping booking@karoy.no

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Events in 2009

What’s on in Lofoten in 2009? March 27-28. The World Cod Fishing Championships Svolvær www.vmiskreifiske.info Lofoten is beautiful in March and April. The sun begins to warm us and the clear air provides magnificent views of the archipelago. This is an international fishing festival that adds the finishing touches to several days of celebrations in honour of the cod that come to Lofoten every year. www.lofoteventyret.no March 28-29 The Maelstrom Cup (Moskstraumcupen) I Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no Fishing contest in one of the world’s strongest maelstroms. The Lofoten Fishery. April 17-19. LofotFishing www.lofotstand.no North-Norway’s International Fisheries Expo will be arranged in King Øistein Hall, Kabelvåg. LofotFishing is a trade fair with focus on the coastal and pelagic fleets, maritime services, fish processing and aquaculture. April 26. Long-line Baiting Championships, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no The World Long-line Baiting Championships together with a mixture of coastal culture of all kinds.

June 23. Mid Summer Concert, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no June 28. Uphill Run, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no See the mountains of Moskenes in a new and different way. July 6-12. Lofoten International Festival of Chamber Music www.lofotenfestival.com The festival’s basic idea is to bring together a group of internationally renowned musicians to give chamber music concerts in a relaxed atmosphere, with the spectacular Lofoten surroundings as their setting. The concerts are spread across the entire archipelago.

April 29- May1. Codstock, Henningsvær www.codstock.com All round festival of music and culture in a unique fishing village. The predominant musical genre here is rock and blues.

July 19. The Kaiser Walk (Keisermarsj), Digermulen www.digermulen.de On July 21,1889, German Kaiser and friend of Norway, Wilhelm II, came to Digermulen for the first time, thus helping to promote Digermulen in more sophisticated circles. This was not to be his last visit to this tiny scenic spot. Events all weekend, culminating with the Kaiser Walk as a worthy conclusion.

May 23-24. The Maelstrom Cup (Moskstraumcupen) II Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no Fishing contest in one of the world’s strongest maelstroms.

July 18-19. The Maelstrom Cup (Moskstraumcupen) III, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no Fishing contest in one of the world’s strongest maelstroms. Midnight Sun fishing.

June17. The ”Andeløpet” Duck Race, Svolvær www.vagand.no The duck race represents humour, craziness and lots of money for voluntary organisations. In 2007, the race brought in NOK 300,000 for local associations and organisations. During the “Andeløpet” race, about 5000 plastic ducks are released into the Strandelva river in Svolvær. Activities for the whole family all weekend.

July 31 - August 2. The ALO Festival, Ramberg www.alofestivalen.no Rock, groovy music and the pure joy of dance. Youthful music festival in a scenic setting.

June 2-6. Stamsund International Theatre Festival www.stamsund-internasjonale.no Uncompromising and exciting dramatic art for all people of all age groups. Trade congress for North Norwegian dramatic art.

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June 26-28. The Puffin Festival, Røst www.lundefestivalen.no The Puffin Festival is a culture and nature festival where participants are given an update on the state of seabird stocks. It is also a family event for young and old with a concoction of performers and artists from near and far who create a positive experience and festivities. Welcome to happy festival days in Røst.

Week 32. Viking Festival, Borg www.lofotr.no The thought may have struck you: What would it have been like to wander around among Vikings at Borg over 1000 years ago? The sound of men preparing weapons and ship for the voyage south, the smell of food and the sound of the scald as he composes a new song in honour of the chieftain.

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What’s on in Lofoten in 2009? August Concert, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no

Events in 2009

For all of those who like traditional Norwegian music. September 5-6. The Maelstrom Cup (Moskstraumcupen) IV, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no Fishing contest in one of the world’s strongest maelstroms. Autumn fishing. September 3-5. Lofoten Country Music Festival, Leknes www.lofoten-countryfestival.no Leknes is the place for country music lovers. Bring along your cowboy hat and boots and get down on the dance floor. The festival rounds off the “Høstvekka” autumn festival week – a whole week of activities and events. October Lofoten International Stockfish Festival, Henningsvær www.litf.net Join us for concerts, cooking contests, restaurants and galleries, candle-making, ceramics production, glassblowing, exhibitions and healthy activities at sea, in the village and up in the mountains – everything in honour of the stockfish. From November 1: Pre-Christmas Adventures in Henningsvær www.forjulseventyret.no The blue daylight of Advent, the Northern Lights, a good storm … Whatever the conditions, the fishing village of Henningsvær will tempt you with unique pre-Christmas

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offerings from about November 1 until December 20. Christmas shopping in peaceful surroundings, tasty culinary adventures, and perhaps a visit to Lofoten Seafood Theatre? Christmas parties, a well-deserved break at a cosy café … A wide range of activities will be on offer: make your own Christmas candles, paint Christmas trimmings or try your hand at glass-blowing. Buy your Christmas presents in peace and quiet from our skilled handicraftsmen and get into the Christmas spirit… Guaranteed shopping mall free. November 7.-8. Lofoten Gave og Håndverksmesse i Lofothallen, Leknes December 5. Christmas in the Old Days in Å www.lofoten-info.no/nfmuseum Christmas preparations at the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum in the timehonoured fishing village of Å. Bakery, cod-liver oil production, storytelling, Christmas fair. December 20-31. Light in the Polar Night, Sørvågen www.holmenlofoten.no For anyone looking for a Christmas event with friendship and solidarity. © Jan Ottar Olufsen, www.codstock.com

December 31. New Year Celebrations in the Viking Way, Borg www.lofotr.no Lofotr Viking Museum invites you to a New Year banquet. Arrival at the chieftain’s house by horse and sleigh, weather permitting. Guided tour. Activities in the chieftain’s house, rounding off with a proper Viking feast.

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Lofotr - Visit the Viking museum at Borg

A THOUSAND YEARS AGO the biggest houses of the Viking Age stood on the sacred heights at Borg on the Lofoten islands. Here the mistress of the household and the chieftain held sway. Little did the Borg farmer realize the consequences when he discovered some pieces of pottery in his plough furrows in 1981. This find was the start of Lofotr Viking Museum. Archaeologists from the whole of Northern Europe came flocking to Lofoten, where the farm of one of the mightiest North-Norwegian chieftains was found. The 83-metre long chieftain’s house has been reconstructed to its full size. The Viking museum is very special. When you enter the chieftain’s house, you are transported back to the Iron Age. Light flickers from the hearths and gleams from cod-liver-oil lamps, the smell of wood tar fills your nostrils, the humming from cooking activities rises the 9 meters up to the roof. You can watch handicraft demonstrations using authentic Viking methods. Lofotr was a centre of power in the Iron Age and had extensive contact with Viking festival Sagaspel 6th-10th of August 2007 20th-22th June 2007

the rest of Europe. Several factors coincide to indicate that Borg was the seat of a chieftain. There are several burial grounds nearby, with some very big burial mounds and large boathouse tofts, where the chieftain could have kept a ship the size of the Gokstadship. Finds from the excavations, such as gold foil fertility figures, Frankish pottery and Rhineland glass, add to the picture. The museum houses a permanent exhibition, showing unique exhibits from the excavations. Outside the chieftain’s house you will find some domestic animals - just as you would have done 1000 years ago. Horses, sheep and hens all thrive in the fertile landscape around Borg. It is worth your while to walk down to the boathouse, where there is a reconstruction of the Gokstad ship. If the weather is good, you can go for a trip on it. On the way down to the boathouse you will pass a reconstructed Iron-Agesmithy. A day at the Viking Museum at Borg is an unforgettable experience.

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are also excellent conference facilities in Nusfjord with a capacity of up to 90 people. Welcome to Nusfjord, Norway’s oldest and best preserved fishing village.

Come stay with us when in Lofoten – for the memory of a lifetime. Nusfjord NO-8380 Ramberg NORWAY Tel.: +47 76 09 30 20 Fax: +47 76 09 33 78 booking@nusfjord.no

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54 high-quality rorbuer (fishermen’s shacks) with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, shower/WC and living room with kitchen facilities. 50 of the bedrooms have their own en suite shower/WC and are therefore well suited for groups.

Statles Rorbusenter A/S Mortsund 8370 Leknes Tel: 76055060 Fax: 76087111 post@statles.no www.statles.no

Enjoy Lofoten! Experience the greatness of Lofotens steap mountains and blue ocean. Summer and winter...with Norlandia.

Norlandia Vestfjord Hotell Restaurant - 63 rooms - walking distance to the centre of Svolvær Tel: +47 76 07 08 70 service@vestfjord.norlandia.no www.norlandia.no/vestfjord

Norlandia Lofoten Hotell Restaurant - 60 rooms - in the middle of the centre Leknes Tel: +47 76 08 08 25 service@lofoten.norlandia.no www.norlandia.no/lofoten

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Experience the world’s largest toothed whale in it’s right element from May 25th - Sept. 15th. Ever since 1988, Whale Safaris combining research and adventure have been organized in Andenes, Norway. We offer you: Shortest distance to the whale fields - Experienced naturalists will be your guides - Whale guarantee - Whale Centre with a multi-media program, café/restaurant, bar and souvenir shop.

Information/Booking: Hvalsafari AS, P.B. 58, N-8483 Andenes Tel.: + 47 76 11 56 00 E-mail: booking@whalesafari.no www.whalesafari.com

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Svinøya Rorbuer – provides everything you need in Lofoten when it comes to accommodation, food, events and adventures & activities. We offer total packages to individual visitors, companies and groups

At Flakstad it is possible to rent exclusive accommodation in fantastic and peaceful surroundings. Our restaurant on Svinøya is one of the most renowned in Lofoten and specialises in stockfish dishes. We are open all year.

We also have 3 child-friendly, self-catering rorbu suites in a superb location in Kabelvåg, Read more about us on www.svinoya.no. within walking distance of the centre of Kabelvåg.

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We offer the best accommodation in Lofoten. Our main buildings are located in a genuine and vibrant environment on idyllic Svinøya in Svolvær. A miniature Lofoten. Within walking distance of the centre of Svolvær.

Reservations: From 08.00 to 16.00 Tel. + 47 76 06 99 30 From 18.00 to 22.00 Tel. +47 76 06 99 31

Børsen Spiseri on the old quay from 1828 is one of Lofoten’s most renowned fish restaurants.

Gunnar Bergs vei 2, N-8300 Svolvær Tel. +47 76 06 99 30

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Vesterøen Rorbusuiter, Svinøya, Svolvær: 14 rorbu suites, 84 beds, very well-equipped, high standard.

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Svinøya Rorbuer, Svolvær: 32 rorbus, 114 beds, well-equipped, high standard, cable TV.

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Witness a unique, natural phenomenon and explore one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos, the Lofoten Islands. The memory of a life time! We offer sea and land based activities all year round! Fall & Winter Orca Safari and Snorkelling with Orca’s. Summer - Trollfjordcruise, fishingtrips & Sea Eagle Safaries”.

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DURING SUMMER SEASON s Orca Safari and snorkelling with s Snorkelling in crystal clear arctic sea, orcas from end of Oct. to end of Jan. with your own underwater camera! in co-operation with s Take your own underwater pictures. Orca Lofoten. s The snorkelling tours incl. dry suit, ABCequipment and waterproof camera. s Duration: 2 hours. Dep. from SvolvĂŚr.

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See beautiful Lofoten from the sea. Take your family and friends out in a boat and enjoy the silence. We also offer tailor-made corporate trips.

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At Rentaboat Lofoten we have boats in all classes, for 2- 8 people. The fee includes reliable boats equipped with life jackets, safety gear, depth sounder, compass and nautical charts.

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As the entire region´s joint promotional body, Destination Lofoten is responsible for the following: • International and national marketing, promotion and sales. • Co-ordinating existing traveltradeproducts in the area, and product development. • Co-operation with international tour operators. • The production of promotional material. • Representing Lofoten at trade fairs and shows. • Developing a joint profile and Lofoten as a destination. • Co-ordinated product information. • Official tourist information. • Taking care of the hospitality- and information duties on behalf of the municipalities of the Lofoten islands. Destination Lofoten AS P.O.Box 210 NO-8301 Svolvær Tel.: +47 76 06 98 00 Fax.: +47 76 07 30 01 E-mail: lofoten@lofoten.info www.lofoten.info

Midnight sun: approx. 27 May – 17 July Polar night: approx. 6 December – 6 January Weather forecasts and climate information: www.met.no (Norwegian and English) www.senorge.no (Norwegian only)

I n f o r m a t i o n a n d b o o k i n g : w w w. l o f o t e n . i n f o INFO-GUIDE FOR LOFOTEN 2009 Publisher: Destination Lofoten AS Also published in French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Spanish. For free distribution abroad. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for any error, omission or subsequent alterations. Graphic design: Remi Johansen Production: Remix Media, Værøy Print: Aktietrykkeriet a.s © Destination Lofoten

Henningsvær. © Back page photo: Photo Terje Rakke (Lofoten Vinter)

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